Car Passenger may sometimes be legally searched.
Mr. Jarriet Brannon was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for a minor traffic offense – his failure to wear a seatbelt. He began to walk away from the car, but the police confronted and stopped him. While patting him down, the officer observed a clear plastic bag with a green leafy substance protruding from his jacket pocket. The appellate court ruled that this observation justified the search of his person and the vehicle. The appellate court ruled that the search was legal and that his statements and the physical evidence were admissible against him. People v. Brannon, No. 2-11-1084 May 6, 2013