Can my car be searched without a warrant in Phoenix?

by Aaron Black • April 03, 2016
I get this question from time to time and yes, in certain circumstances the police can search your car without a warrant. If they have probable cause to believe that there is illegal contraband in your vehicle they are allowed to look through the windows of the vehicle and if they see something illegal they can legally do a search without a warrant.

In the past the police had to make an arrest before they could be legally be authorized to search a vehicle. A Supreme Court case ruling in 2009 changed all of that.

The police still must have probable cause to believe that there is something illegal in the car however, they must obtain a warrant if no urgent circumstances exist. Also, if you find yourself in a situation where your car gets towed they will automatically conduct an inventory search prior to it being towed which documents what is in your car before it’s taken to the impound lot. So rest assured if they tow your car, it will and can legally be searched.

Of course every case is different and I strongly encourage you to seek legal counsel with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Phoenix. Seeking counsel could mean the difference between possibly getting a dismissal of your case to keeping you out of jail.

If you have been arrested and your car was searched without a warrant, please consider contacting the Law Office of Aaron Black. I have built my career defending clients accused of criminal offenses in Phoenix and I understand that facing charges can be complicated and a confusing event in your life. I will personally stand by your side to protect your constitutional rights.

If your vehicle has been searched without a warrant, click here to contact Aaron today to discuss your case.