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Old 08-19-2013, 06:32 AM   #45
Just the Facts Ma'am
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Originally Posted by sarhog View Post
I suppose it depends on your jurisdiction, but in Florida for instance, a warrant is not required. If the police develop probable cause, they can search.
Probable cause can come from seeing contraband in the vehicle, smelling the odor of narcotics, a K9 alert, finding dope on one of the occupants, etc.

They can no longer search the vehicle based on your arrest alone, AZ v Gant changed that.
Plain sight does not require a warrant.

A hunch does not equal probable cause, and cops are generally professional. A cop who calls for K9 units frequently, or is involved in significantly more searches than other officers is not going to be around for long.
I'm just lookin' for clues at the scene of the crime.

Quis custodiet ipros custodes?
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