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When Is a Warrant Not Needed to Search?

In some situations, a police officer doesn’t need to provide a warrant before they begin a search. Normally, warrants are required before any officer can investigate a person’s private property. However, there are some special circumstances that can make warrants unnecessary. A person can have private property confiscated and used as evidence against them without the consent of a court-ordered warrant.

If you’ve been arrested on DWI charges, you should know your options as a defendant before making any major decisions. For a free consultation, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.

Exceptions to Normal Warrant Procedures

In many cases, a police officer needs to get the permission of the court to get a search warrant. Otherwise, the police need to wait until they are granted this legal power over a person’s private property. However, there are some important exceptions to this rule. These exceptions, in many cases, can allow police to search drivers for evidence of substance use. The following exceptions may apply to the usual warrant rules:

  • Searches that occur in plain view of a car window or on a person
  • Evidence that becomes apparent during field sobriety tests
  • Evidence that becomes apparent if a suspect flees the scene

A police officer can collect evidence in these situations without a warrant, meaning that any flasks or bottles that may be apparent either in a vehicle or on a driver’s person may be used against the individual in a DWI case.

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If you’re facing DWI charges, your legal defense should be considered a major priority. To learn more about your options as a defendant, 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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