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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 49. Automobiles and the Fourth Amendment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43609


Ever drive or ride in a motor vehicle? Drivers and passengers routinely encounter law enforcement as a result of traffic violations and accidents. With probable cause, police are constitutionally permitted to conduct warrantless searches of automobiles, along with closed containers inside that are believed to contain contraband.

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