Officers Can Search Your Car Without Your Consent After You’ve Been Arrested?The Webb Firm, P.C. - True or False
- July 17, 2015
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Officers Can Search Your Car Without Your Consent After You’ve Been Arrested?
Officers can search your car after you’ve been arrested? True.
Officers are allowed to do searches of a vehicle incident to arrest. The justification for this is to protect your personal property from tow truck drivers.
If the police have towed and impounded your car, they have the authority to search your vehicle. This search can be as thorough as the police wish, and will most likely include opening any locked compartments or boxes found with your car. The reason for your car getting towed and impounded does not matter. It could be something as simple as a parking violation or as serious as a car theft.
Police cannot tow and impound your car for the sole purpose of searching it, however. Police are required to follow strict procedures when it comes to these types of searches. When you are being taken to jail, police may perform an “inventory search” of items you have with you without a warrant. This search may include your car if it is being held by the police in order to make a list of all items inside.
When it comes to your rights, you should want to have the best attorneys representing you and protecting your rights. The Webb Firm, P.C are skilled criminal defense attorneys in Conroe and can help you. Please call us at: 936-647-3352 or feel free to ask us a question using the form at the bottom of the page.