Skip to comments.Oregon court expands warrantless vehicle searches
Posted on 07/22/2013 10:41:15 PM PDT by Red Steel
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Oregon Court of Appeals has broadened the reach of warrantless vehicle searches, adding to a controversial area of state law that has expanded police powers considerably since it was first taken up in the 1980s.
The court ruled this week that everything connected to a car, including a trailer, is available to a warrantless search. In doing so, it sided with prosecutors who had appealed a trial court's decision to invalidate a search.
The state law that gave police the power to search cars suspected of criminal involvement is rooted in a 1986 case that said police must first pull over a vehicle in order to search it without a warrant. That was later challenged and updated: Police had only to see the vehicle moving, or "encounter" it, to later search it.
The appeals court ruling this week stemmed from a drug bust in Silverton in 2011, when a detective watched Jerry E. Finlay sell methamphetamine to a police informant. Finlay drove to the meeting in a pickup truck towing a trailer, which he used to run his landscaping business.
In a second meeting later that year, the detective watched Finlay park at a restaurant. Finlay walked inside but quickly decided to leave and was arrested 100 feet from his truck. Police searched Finlay and found no drugs, but the detective ordered a search of the car and trailer, where police found methamphetamine.
The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that parked cars are not mobile and therefore require warrants to search.
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Obviously they’re not searching for marijuana.
I’m a truck driver that travels a lot through Oregon and most of the western states. For years, any law enforcement official can pull us over, check our paperwork and search our trucks without a warrant or probable cause. You people that drive 4 wheelers, cars, are now catching up to the crap we’ve had to deal with for years. California is the worst for this.
No drug war, no searchee.
Yep. follow da money.