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Criminal Procedure Keyed to Ohlin
South Dakota v. Opperman
Citation:428 U.S. 364 (1976)
Local ordinances prohibit parking in certain areas of downtown Vermillion, S.D., between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. During the early morning hours of December 10, 1973, a Vermillion police officer observed respondent’s unoccupied vehicle illegally parked in the restricted zone. The officer issued an overtime parking ticket and placed it on the windshield with a warning that the vehicle may be towed from the area. In the afternoon, another officer issued a parking ticket and the car was towed to the city impound lot. At the impound lot, a police officer inventoried the contents of the car, including the glove compartment which was unlocked. There he found marijuana contained in the plastic bag. Respondent was subsequently arrested on charges of possession of marijuana. He was convicted and sentenced to a fine of $100 and 14 days of prison time.
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