1) When Can Police Search My Car?
A car can be searched under the following circumstances:
- An arrestee is within reaching distance of the vehicle when arrested.
- It is reasonable to believe the vehicle contains evidence of the offense arrested for.
- There is a legitimate concern a suspect may be armed or have weapons.
- There is probable cause to believe a vehicle contains evidence of criminal activity unrelated to the traffic stop.
- A car is lawfully towed or removed from the scene, thus an inventory search is proper and,
- Other exigent circumstances require the search of the car.
2) Can Police Order Me Out Of The Car?
3) During A Car Search Can Police Move My Car?
4) Can Police Take My Car Apart During A Search?
5) Can Police Use A Drug Dog During A Car Search?
6) What Exactly Constitutes Probable Cause Justifying A Warrantless Car Search?
7) When Police Ask Me If They Can Search My Car Do I Have To Let Them?
8) What Is An Inventory Search?
9) An Officer Asked Me To Sit In His Squad Car As He Wrote My Ticket, Is That Legal?
10) What If I Have A Weapon In The Car?
See Also The Ultimate Police Car Search Guide to learn everything else you ever wanted to know about police car searches in Illinois.