Evidence seized from automobiles under the guise of an automobile inventory search has often been admitted against criminal defendants. This article analyzes the doctrinal basis behind the inventory search, the justifications for its use and concludes that the inventory search is a subterfuge for an unlawful entry into a constitutionally protected area.
Moylan, Charles E. Jr.
"The Inventory Search of an Automobile: A Willing Suspension of Disbelief,"
University of Baltimore Law Review: Vol. 5
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholarworks.law.ubalt.edu/ublr/vol5/iss2/3