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MV Inventories

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Case just came out yesterday 12/30/03. Comm. v. Brinson. "the government may not impound and conduct an inventory search of a car based on the arrest of the owner, where the car was lawfully parked in a privately owned parking lot and there was no evidence that the car constituted a safety hazard or was at risk of theft or vandalism."
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Just keep in mind that the pupose of inventories is to PROTECT the owner's property and to COVER you and the tow truck driver, NOT to search for contraband.

Unfortunately, many police officers do not bother to learn and understand their department's inventory policies (or lack thereof), or they flat out abuse them. All it takes is a little bad case law and...POOF...we all lose inventory searches.
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