Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizens’ vehicles


Supreme Court: Pennsylvania cops no longer need a warrant to search citizens’ vehicles – LancasterOnline: Local News.

Now, based on the opinion, it only takes reasonable probable cause for an officer to go ahead with a search without a warrant.

“The prerequisite for a warrantless search of a motor vehicle is probable cause to search,” McCaffery writes in the opinion. “We adopt the federal automobile exception… which allows police officers to search a motor vehicle when there is probable cause to do so…”

Previously, a warrantless search was only allowed if “exigent circumstances” existed, the opinion states.

“This case gives the police simpler guidelines to follow and (it) finally and clearly renders our law consistent with established federal law,” Stedman said.

“It is a ruling that helps law enforcement as they continue to find people in possession of illegal drugs,” New Holland police Lt. Jonathan Heisse said Wednesday.

While police rejoice over what’s been a lasting issue, citizens might not be as thrilled.

“It’s an expanding encroachment of government power,” defense attorney Jeffrey Conrad said Wednesday morning, while reviewing the 62-page opinion. “It’s a protection we had two days ago, that we don’t have today. It’s disappointing from a citizens’ rights perspective.”

 

11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dale edward on December 9, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    According to United States Supreme Court rulings and the legal definitions, Citizens only “drive” “motor vehicles” and “automobile” while in commerce. Driving is a commercial act. Motor vehicles and automobiles are considered to be commercial… meaning for hire. If you are in Penn and you get accosted, sue ’em for damages in the District Court of the United States.

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    • Thank you for stopping by and your thoughtful comment. Personally, I have discovered that many things in Pennsylvania courts and laws are interpreted by the not who you are, but who you know.

      God Bless you.

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  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THIS IS SCARY!!!!

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  3. I hope to become election results that you want.

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