Could a police officer search my car during a routine traffic stop? 6 Answers as of September 21, 2015

If I get pulled over for speeding or running a stoplight, can the police search my car without a warrant or my consent? What are my rights?

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Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
No. But he can arrest you, impound the car and do an inventory search.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/21/2015
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
That is a maybe.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 9/15/2015
Ferguson & Ferguson
Ferguson & Ferguson | Randy W. Ferguson
No. He must have probable cause to search your car.
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/14/2015
Connell-Savela
Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
You have the right not to consent to a search. But, cops have their ways, including violating the constitution. Typically, the cops can only search a car for evidence of the crime they are investigating. For speeding, there is no such evidence.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 9/14/2015
The Rogers Law Firm
The Rogers Law Firm | Andrea Storey Rogers
Yes, under certain circumstances, a police officer can search your vehicle without your consent and without a warrant.
Answer Applies to: Missouri
Replied: 9/14/2015
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    It all depends on whether or not he has probable cause to search your car, which is a legal question and answered on a case-by-case factual basis.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/14/2015
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