Cop Finds Meth in Car During I.D. Search: Meth Suppressed?

It is not uncommon for police to stop someone on foot and ask for the person’s ID.  The person may say that their ID is in their car.  Police will then immediately open the car door, without consent, purportedly looking for the ID and find not only the ID, but a small baggie with a white powdery substance.  We have had several cases where this happened.  Is such a search and seizure illegal, if nonconsensual?  Click on the following link to read about an appellate court decision that addressed this common situation.

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