automobile exception

Definition of "automobile exception"
  1. A provision in the law that permits a police officer to inspect a car without needing a search warrant. However, this only applies if the officer strongly suspects that the car contains proof related to a crime and that this proof could be removed or destroyed if the officer left to get a warrant
How to use "automobile exception" in a sentence
  1. The police utilized the automobile exception to investigate the suspicious car parked across the street.
  2. Under the automobile exception, officers were able to search the vehicle immediately after they pursued and stopped the vehicle suspected of illicit activities.
  3. The automobile exception allowed the officer to legally inspect the vehicle when they smelled a strong odor of illegal substances emanating from the car.

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