Would this be considered an illegal search?
Was this search illegal? Can I sue for civil rights violations if it was?
1 attorney answer
Officers are permitted to take inventory of vehicles following arrest. If the officers were searching as part of doing an inventory, then there is likely not any civil rights violation. If the search was unlawful, then another part of the analysis is to determine how you were harmed by the violation. You were already arrested for the outstanding warrant, so without more information, it appears that suing for civil rights violations would be an uphill battle.