The Supreme Courts Decision And The Court 's Court

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In the first scenario, there was a motion to suppress the rifle and shells that were seized from the glove compartment and under the passenger seat. However, the Supreme Court established three components that an officer may search in vehicle searches if the search is valid. Conduct a search of the passenger compartment of a car and of the contents therein if it is incident to a lawful arrest. Search the entire car and open the trunk and any packages or luggage found therein that could reasonably contain the items they are looking for. Search a container in a car if there is probable cause to believe that it holds contraband or seizable items, even in the absence of probable cause to search the car. In addition, there are three cases that…show more content…
Belton argued that a warrantless seizure of evidence in the passenger compartment, after arrested is a violation of his constitutional rights. The court ruled that yes, the police may conduct a warrantless search of the passenger compartment of a vehicle incident to a lawful arrest. The search may include containers found within the passenger compartment. The case extended the places in a vehicle an officer could search. Furth more, the case of United States v. Ross confirmed the court’s decision legal in scenario one. Police received a tip from a reliable informant that Ross was selling drugs from his vehicle. Officers stopped the car and began to search the vehicle. During the search they found, a bullet in the front seat of the vehicle, and a pistol in the passenger in compartment. They extended the search to the trunk of the car after Ross was arrested, where they found a closed paper bag of drugs. In this case, the court confirmed that the police have probable cause to justify the warrantless search of a car, they may search the entire car, and open the trunk and any packages or luggage found therein that could reasonably contain the items for which they have probable cause to search. The court’s decision made the officers in scenario two search legal as they searched the passenger compartment where the officer opened a box filled with ammunition. Although the officers action was legal in scenario 1 some things the officer could have done

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