PA Supreme Court Ruling Allows Warrant-less Car Searches - WICU12 HD WSEE Erie, PA News, Sports, Weather, Events

PA Supreme Court Ruling Allows Warrant-less Car Searches

Posted: Updated:
Police throughout the Commonwealth, no longer need a warrant to search your vehicle.

That ruling coming from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, earlier this week.

While police officers no longer have to have to get a warrant to search you vehicle, they do have to have probable cause.
For example, if police smelled marijuana during a traffic stop they would have to get a warrant, and impound the car to search it.
Now, as long as they have probable cause, the smell of marijuana, they can search the vehicle.

District Attorney Jack Daneri tells us that the ruling stems from a PA Supreme Court case, The Commonwealth of PA vs. Shiem Gary.
Which we've learned stems from a 2010 vehicle stop in Philadelphia that netted police 2 pounds of marijuana.

This decision now aligns Pennsylvania, with existing federal standards.
Submit your event now
Powered by WorldNow
3514 State St. Erie, PA 16508
Newsroom: (814)454-8812
Toll Free: 1(800)454-8812
Business offices: (814)454-5201
Share Stories
Submit your stories to our site!
Share Photos
Share your photos in our community galleries
Mobile Site
Be sure to stay constantly updated with the power of WICU12 and WSEE at your fingertips
Free Android App
Free iPhone App
Free iPad App
Storm Tracker App
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WICU. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.
                   WICU/WSEE - 3514 State Street Erie, PA 16508 - (814) 454-5201 -