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Can police officers search your car when they pull you over?
Answered by Discovery Channel
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  1. If you get pulled over on a traffic stop, the police officer might want to search your car. He or she may only do so with probable cause or with your permission. To see if there is probable cause, the officer will ask you basic questions, search the department database for your license plate and look through your car windows. Based on your answers, what you have lying out in plain view in your car, or any information on your car that comes up in the computer search, the police officer may find probable cause that a crime has been or is being committed. Once this happens, the police may search your car.

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