Police Don’t Need Warrant To Search A Vehicle

LANCASTER- Police don’t necessarily need a warrant to search a vehicle, but can do it based on reasonable probable cause, according to Pennsylvania’s highest court. The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reported today that the case involved a 2010 vehicle stop in Philadelphia that produced two pounds of marijuana. The decision aligns Pennsylvania with existing federal standards. A local police chief tells the newspaper the decision helps law enforcement in drug investigations, but defense attorneys are calling it an expansion of government power and a possible step toward the elimination of personal privacy and freedom.

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