Do I Have to Give Consent to a Law Enforcement Officer to Search My Car in Georgia?
No, you do not have to give consent for a law enforcement officer to search a car in Georgia. They can only search your car if they have what’s called probable cause. This does not mean a mere traffic stop or running a red light or a stop sign or you’re having broken a taillight. They have to have some facts or evidence that a crime has been committed or is being committed. They can’t just have just a hunch. Examples of this would be if they see something in plain view, if they small for example narcotics, that would give them probable cause to then go ahead and search your vehicle.