Asked in Traffic Tickets for Georgia

Q: Is it legal for an officer to search your car and ask you question not related to why you were pulled over?

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Forrest Clinton Barbour

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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Fayetteville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: An officer needs probable cause or consent to search a car. So, depending on the circumstances, yes, your automobile can be searched for something unrelated to why you were pulled over.

And an officer can question you about anything (there are some exceptions to this when a person is in custody but that requires more facts to know if that applies to you).

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