What Is an Inventory Search? When Is It Allowed?

You may have heard that law enforcement claimed to find drugs or stolen property after conducting an inventory search of a car or someone’s property (typically a homeless person’s backpack, duffel bag or suitcase). What is an inventory search anyways? Is a warrant required? What is the scope? Why does it take place? Is it just a “backdoor” was to claim an administrative search was taking place when in fact it was the investigative goal of the police from the outset? To read more about an investigative search, click on the following link.



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