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Can Your Car Be Searched?

When a person is pulled over by the police, they may have their vehicle searched for alcohol or drug contraband in certain situations. If these substances are found in a vehicle, they may be used as evidence against a DWI defendant. However, police are only allowed to make these searches in specific instances. If a police officer oversteps the limits of their right to search, that evidence may be inadmissible in court.

If you have been charged with an intoxicated driving crime, you may face strict penalties that can have a profound impact on your future. To learn more about how we may be able to help you fight against these allegations, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

The Plain View Doctrine and You

A police officer may pull someone over if they suspect that person of intoxicated driving. Erratic behavior like swerving and driving abnormally slowly can be grounds for a police officer to investigate. If they have probable cause to pull over a driver, the so-called plain view doctrine goes into effect.

The plain view doctrine works in the following ways:

  • Anything in the open may be used as evidence of a criminal violation
  • These plain view searches do not require a warrant
  • Plain view, for a car, generally includes anything seen from a car window
  • Even with these searches, there must be probable cause to pull someone over

If a police officer does not properly follow the rules of a plain view search, that evidence may be excluded from a prosecution.

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A DWI can be an intimidating charge for a person to face. Convictions for these crimes can lead to the loss of driving privileges, professional opportunities, and even personal freedom. For more information regarding your rights as a defendant facing these charges, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black at 919-600-4609 today.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

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