Legal Question in Criminal Law in Colorado

Can an officer immediately impound your car if you refuse a search?

Asked on 10/06/13, 7:26 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

Marc Milavitz The Alternative Law Office of Marc Milavitz

No, but could if you are arrested, each department has an impound policy.

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Answered on 10/06/13, 8:45 am

Clifton Black Black & Graham, LLC

No. An officer has to have a reason to search. A search warrant, probable cause of criminal activity, search incident to arrest, a security search, consent to search. Likewise, the cop has to have reason to impound, similar to those above. But if a person is just pulled over for speeding, the officer would not have reason to search nor impound.

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Answered on 10/06/13, 8:52 am

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