Joliet, IL asked in Criminal Law for Illinois

Q: Can a cop search my car anytime I'm pulled over? Do I have to let him no matter what or can I object at the scene?

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Brian Polinske
Brian Polinske
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Edwardsville, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The only time an officer can search your car is if he had probable cause to believe a crime is being committed (like the scent of cannabis emitting therefrom), with consent, pursuant to an inventory tow/policy or with a search warrant. If you object you should do so carefully since you cannot interfere with him/her or you may find yourself receiving a citation for obstruction. Your attorney can attack the legality of the search if a case is filed against you by way of a motion to suppress.

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