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Search And Seizure – Washington State Supreme Court Limits Vehicle Searches 8-1 – Seattle Defense Lawyer News

In a further clarification of the right to privacy in Washington State, The State Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that “…the search for evidence of the crime-of-arrest does not qualify as an acceptable warrantless search, and they rejected arguments of prosecutors from around the state who warned in pleadings that forcing officers to obtain warrants to search a car after every arrest will be time-consuming and have other impacts on law enforcement.”

Lila Silverstein, an attorney with the Washington Appellate Project said it was “…not a new direction. “It’s terrific that our court holds these protections in such regard.” You can read a full report from The Seattle Times here.

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