PA Supreme Court Changes the Rules for Warrantless Searches of Motor Vehicles

December 30th, 2020

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Christopher Gerber, Esq., from Siana Law authored an alert on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that holds that police officers may conduct warrantless searches of motor vehicles only when they possess probable cause and under exigent circumstances. In a 4-3 decision, the Court held that the PA Constitution provides greater protection than the U.S. Constitution in connection with the search of a person’s motor vehicle. The Court overruled a 2014 decision holding that probable cause alone was sufficient and that exigent circumstances were not necessary to search a vehicle without a warrant. Click here to read the full alert.