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PA Supreme Court Ruling Allows Warrant-less Car Searches

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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.
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