Traffic Law

If I Get Pulled Over, Does a Police Officer Have the Right to Search My Vehicle?

If I Get Pulled Over, Does a Police Officer Have the Right to Search My Vehicle?

Traffic Law
The Constitution’s warrant requirement often does not apply in motor vehicle searches. Motor vehicle searches were obviously not a problem in Colonial days. But British officials used dubious laws to perform random property searches, and the colonists rather understandably did not like that. So, the Constitution included the Fourth Amendment. This provision includes a search warrant requirement. Not just any warrant will do. The warrant is only valid if it is supported by an affidavit and probable cause. However, contrary to popular myth, the Fourth Amendment does not prohibit all warrantless searches. It only prohibits unreasonable ones. So, there are some exceptions to the warrant requirement, which are listed below. If police illegally searched your car, a Ponca City criminal def