Can the Police Search My Car Without a Warrant?

Can the Police Search My Car Without a Warrant?

While the Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches by the government, police have historically been allowed fairly extensive search justification in vehicles.[1] Several exceptions have been established by the Supreme Court, creating a body of law specific to searching vehicles. These warrantless search exceptions fall into categories that include probable cause, consent, officer safety, and…

What Does the Constitution Say About Traffic Stops?

What Does the Constitution Say About Traffic Stops?

Seizure is a critical constitutional topic in the context of driving a car because it normally initiates the citizen-government encounter. The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects “[t]he right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”[1] “The Fourth Amendment applies to all seizures…