Did the police have the right to search my car?

On Behalf of | Sep 20, 2019 | Asset Forfeiture

It’s unfortunately common for people to be pulled over for very minor reasons only to have their vehicle searched and assets seized. Civil asset forfeiture is a surprising law that allows police officers to seize assets if they have a reasonable suspicion that they have been involved in a crime. Funds raised from the assets seized can then be reinvested into the police force, and many argue that this leads to corrupt practices.

One way to fight this practice is to argue that you were subject to an unlawful search and seizure. If you have had your assets seized by law enforcement officials, you should take the time to learn about what constitutes an unlawful search and seizure.

When can the police search my car?

If you have been pulled over by the police, they do not automatically have the right to search your car. They should usually have your permission before searching your car. If you do not consent to the search, they can decide to search the car if they have a reasonable suspicion that there is evidence of a crime in the vehicle or if they believe that they should do so for their protection. They also have the right to search your vehicle if you have been arrested or if they have a search warrant.

If you did not consent to the search but officers decided to proceed, you may be able to argue that they did not have a reasonable cause to suspect a crime and that they unlawfully searched your car.

By taking legal action after you had assets seized by law enforcement, you have a chance at getting justice.