Can police search your car WITHOUT a warrant just because it’s an automobile? Chambers v. Maroney

Petitioner was one of four men arrested after the car in which they were riding was stopped by police shortly after an armed robbery of a service station. Police then searched the car. This was not a search incident to arrest.

The warrantless search of the automobile was valid, and the materials seized therefrom were properly introduced in evidence. Just as there was probable cause to arrest the occupants of the car, there was probable cause to search the car for guns and stolen money. If there is probable cause, an automobile, because of its mobility, may be searched without a warrant in circumstances that would not justify a warrantless search of a house or office. Carroll v. United States, 267 U. S. 132. Pp. 399 U. S. 48-51.

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Anton Vialtsin, Esq.
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