Although the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution generally requires law enforcement officers to obtain a warrant before they conduct a search, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that an automobile exception to the warrant requirement exists. Because vehicles are mobile, a law enforcement officer may conduct a warrant-less search of a vehicle if there exists probable cause to believe the vehicle contains evidence of crime or contraband. Often, law enforcement officers use minor traffic violations to stop a driver and justify a vehicle search. Frequently, a vehicle search may be challenged in court and evidence unlawfully obtained ruled inadmissible. If a court agrees, the result can mean a dismissal of the case. If you or someone you know has had their vehicle search by law enforcement officers, contact RAAB | MAHONEY for an evaluation of the legality of the police conduct. Even though law enforcement officers do not need a warrant to search a vehicle, they still must comply with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.