What Causes An Officer To Ask To Search Your Vehicle During A Traffic Stop?
The odor of cannabis coming from your vehicle is a major reason for an officer to request to search your vehicle. Cannabis used to be illegal to possess in Florida for everyone so it was easy for an officer to conclude that the odor of cannabis was an indication of illegal activity in the vehicle. However, now some people have medical cannabis cards issued by Florida that legally allows them to possess cannabis. Therefore, the odor of cannabis alone is not always an indication of illegal activity in the vehicle. Now, officers are asking drivers if they have a medical cannabis card. If the driver says no then it helps the officer establish that the driver may have illegal cannabis in the vehicle and that could establish the probable cause the officer needs to search your vehicle even if you refuse to consent to a search of your vehicle by the officer. If you consent to a search of your vehicle by the officer then probable cause is not necessary to search your vehicle.