Kansas court rules that smell of alcohol alone not grounds for to search car

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KANSAS CITY -- If your car smells like alcohol and police pull you over, chances are you're in trouble. But a new Kansas ruling could change that. It was approved by the Kansas Supreme Court Friday night.

Now your car can smell like liquor and there's a chance your car won't be searched and you won't be arrested. A defense attorney FOX 4 talked to says this ruling aims to protect people's rights.

If you're pulled over and police smell alcohol, but you pass a sobriety test, police will no longer have the right to search your car. Before the ruling if there was an odor of liquor, they could search it no questions asked.

Some believe it will give police more hoops to jump through.

"Anytime that you define the scope of what is permissible under the constitutions fourth amendment, it does make their job more difficult," said defense attorney David Langston.

Not everyone agrees with this ruling and some think it'll give people a free pass and commit more crime.

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