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Police Search Advisory from ISBA

Question: May police search a handcuffed arrestee’s luggage? Answer: The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled that police can search an arrestee’s luggage after the person is handcuffed. The case they heard involved a civil warrant for failure to pay child support. For more information about Illinois law, visit If you have a legal question, send it to Illinois Law Now is a series of newspaper and internet posts prepared by the Illinois State Bar Association that address legal issues of interest to the public. For additional information about the law, visit