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Just because you are a felon? No. Normally, a warrant would be required to search a vehicle, but there are some exceptions.
1. If the police have probable cause that the car contains something illegal like a prohibited weapon or drugs, then they may search the car. Or if the police have probable cause that the car contains the tools used to commit a crime or the proceeds or evidence of a crime, then they may search the car.
Under this part of the exception, the officer can only search the part of the car where what he is looking for may be found.So if a police officer pulls a driver over for speeding and smells marijuana, he may search the entire car for the drug, including any containers like cups or purses. But if the officer thinks you have a rocket launcher in your car, he couldn't search in the glove box for it, because it wouldn't fit, obviously.
2. If an officer makes a lawful arrest of the driver of the car, he may make a warrantless search of the passenger compartment of the car. This search includes the glove compartment but not the trunk.
3. If you consent to the search, police may always search.
4, I don't know if you're on probation or not. Sometimes, a person may have as a condition of probation that they must consent to police searches at any time, anywhere.
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