Q: do police officers have the right to say they smell marijuana and then search your car? in Illinois
i got wrongly pulled over for a stop sign that led to my car being searched and me being in handcuffs because it smelled like marijuana i am trying to find out if what the cop did to me is wrong or not
One of the legitimate investigative tools for the police is personal observation and senses. Thus, if a police officer detects a smell of controlled substances that provides a reasonable probable cause to continue to investigate possible contraband in the vehicle.
Secondly, if a police officer notices a portion of a weapon or a firearm anywhere in the vehicle of person that also creates a legal nexus to conduct a warrantless search.
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