NJ Supreme Court: Police Don’t Need Warrant To Search Your Car
The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled 5-2 that they can search you car without a warrant.
The case stems from a man who was charged with illegal possession of a handgun that was found during a routine traffic stop in 2012. William L. Witt was pulled over on a local highway after failing to turn off his high beam headlights when approaching an officer. After a filed sobriety test, the officer determined that Witt was intoxicated and searched his car for alcohol, subsequently finding the handgun. A state appeals court found in May that the officers lacked the “exigent circumstances” required of the officer by the 2009 New Jersey Supreme Court case State v. Pena-Flores [NJ.com report]. A controversial decision by the court, it was overturned with [last] week’s ruling.