Can cops search your apartment after pulling you over for a traffic stop?

UPDATED: Feb 8, 2012

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Can cops search your apartment after pulling you over for a traffic stop?

Son pulled over for no reason but found to have 1/4 oz meth. Charged. Cops took his keys and entered his apartment 2 cities away looking for drugs and money which they did not find. No search warrant. Scared the girlfriend that was in the apartment. They said, ” You slip, we rip!” First offense. What is likely to happen?

Asked on February 8, 2012 under Criminal Law, California


Hong Shen / Roberts Law Group

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

The search sounds a bit illegal. Since nothing was found in the apartment, nothing would happen in the court. If they did find something and search was determined illegal, then the evidence would be thrown out. That does not affect the meth found in the car though.

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