My question involves police conduct in the State of: OHIO
Need help with this fact pattern: police officer sees vehicle driven by suspected drug dealer. Officer notices expired tags and hoping to find evidence of illegal activity, pulls vehicle over. Driver unable to produce license and registration. States vehicle is his mothers. No warrants on driver. Car not reported stolen. Officer asks for and gets consent to search vehicle. Finds drivers wallet and small amount of marijuana in glove box. finds bag of marijuana under drivers seat.
Question: the expired tags seems to be a legal issue to pull a vehicle over, but when the officer stated his intent was to find evidence of drugs and that's why he pulled the driver over, does that make a difference?
Question: not understanding how an expired registration leads to a warrantless vehicle search. Was it because he was unable to produce a license and registration?
Question: can you give consent to search a third-party's vehicle? It was his mothers and not his.
Question: if the search isn't valid, are the drugs fruit of the poisonous tree?