Everything You Need to Know About the 4th Amendment: Vehicle Searches

The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution sets limits on the power of the Government to subject you to searches and seizures. The 4th Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures.

Unless a specific exception applies, the police must have a warrant to conduct a lawful search. One such exception is when searching a vehicle. Because vehicles are pervasively regulated and there is a lower expectation of privacy in a vehicle, police only need probable cause to search a vehicle.

There are a lot of articles and videos about the 4th Amendment that are informative and interesting. The development of 4th Amendment law is a popular and intriguing subject.

What it comes down to is what can the police search and seize, when can they search and seize, and how can they search and seize. Even though the information on the 4th Amendment is plentiful and readily available, you are not going to remember any of it when the police are at your door or asking to search you.

All that information about the 4th Amendment is not going to do you any good. So here is the low down on police searches. The answer when the police ask to search anything is always NO! No matter what the cops want to search do not consent.

In the real world, outside the courthouse, on the side of the road, or at your car door, the police are going to do whatever they want to do and there is very little you can do to stop them. You are never going to win a search and seizure argument on the side of the road. The place to win a search and seizure argument is in the courtroom.

Do yourself a favor, help yourself out, and help your lawyer out by NEVER consenting to a police search!

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