If the police pull me over for a traffic offense in Pennsylvania, can they search my car and arrest me?Return to Video FAQs
That depends upon the circumstances in every case. Every case is different. Generally, the answer is no. The police need probable cause to search your car. They need probable cause to arrest you. Or, they need a warrant to search your car. They need a warrant to arrest you.
In Pennsylvania, it’s every case is different, because what the police are allowed to do is dependent upon the facts. If the police come up and see a gun in the passenger seat, or they see a bag of drugs, or smell marijuana in the car in plain view, they can search it. That’s probable cause. Without probable cause, they absolutely cannot do that.