Police are able to search your vehicle if they have probable cause that a crime is being committed. The typical situation arises when an officer smells marijuana in the in vehicle or sees, in plain view, something illegal such as drugs. Additionally, if you are arrested, the police are permitted to search your vehicle for an inventory of the items within the vehicle. The police can seize any illegal items found during the course of that search. Remember, if something is found in your vehicle, it is best not to admit that it is yours. Instead, contact the Law Office of Ameen and Shafii immediately. We are on call 24 hours a day to handle your Tampa criminal charge.
Q. Can police search other intimate personal property such as cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices without a warrant?
Generally, police need a warrant to search cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices. However, if law enforcement believes evidence on the device will be immediately destroyed, they may conduct a search without a warrant. If you police have illegally searched your items, contact Tampa criminal attorneys Attorney Andrew Shafii, Esq. and Mustafa Ameen Esq. as soon as possible. They are former state prosecutors with the experience to help you defend your Tampa criminal charge.
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