The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has recently overturned hundreds of years of Pennsylvania Constitutional Law with its recent decision regarding the warrant requirement and vehicle searches.
Previously, Pennsylvania law required police officers to obtain a search warrant before conducting searches of vehicles. The previous law was that although vehicles are inherently mobile, that alone is not sufficient to justify a warrantless search. Now, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has completely changed its position and held that the police officers are no longer required to obtain a warrant to search a vehicle. Instead, the officers must simply possess probable cause that evidence or fruits of a crime will be present inside the vehicle. This change in the law is now identical to federal law regarding warrantless searches of a vehicle.