Can a police officer search your vehicle during a terry stop? 2 Answers as of July 12, 2011

Can a police officer search your vehicle during a terry stop?

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
Your question is a little vague. Since you are familiar with the Terry v. Ohio doctrine, if you want to research this issue, look up the case of Arizona v. Gant. That case will answer your question or at least give guidance.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/12/2011
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
First, a police officer does not conduct a Terry stop. Terry refers to a case about a pat-down search of a person for officer safety when they have otherwise been lawfully detained. An officer does not have the right to search a vehicle he has stopped for officer safety. He can remove all of the people from it while he conducts his investigation by talking to them, but that does not get him into the car.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 7/11/2011
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