WI Supreme Court Expands Police Search Authority

“Here, Pepin police conducted a classic search incident to arrest,” says Van Hollen.
“I’m pleased that the Wisconsin Supreme Court recognized the need to protect
both officer safety and the possible destruction of evidence.”

MADISON – It is lawful for police officers to search inside any container found inside the passenger compartment of a vehicle when any of the occupants is arrested, as a “search incident to arrest.” This morning the Wisconsin Supreme Court expanded the scope of such searches to objects or containers found outside the vehicle in close proximity to it.

“Here, Pepin police conducted a classic search incident to arrest,” says Van Hollen. “I’m pleased that the Wisconsin Supreme Court recognized the … Continue reading