Remain silent as to questions you are not required to answer during traffic stops. Anything you say can be used against you and can take away the opportunity to challenge a search of the person, vehicle or the vehicle's contents.
Case of note regarding extent to which an officer can intrude upon private property without consent, a search warrant, or exigent circumstances. When officer went beyond the area necessary to access the front door of the house, he violated the Fourth Amendment.
Case Note: PA Supreme Court Says Odor of Marijuana is Not Enough to Justify a Warrantless Search of an Automobile
Odor of marijuana is not enough to justify the search of a vehicle in Pennsylvania.
A look at the recent case of Gowen v. State (2021) regarding a vehicle search based on odor of cannabis.
Interesting development regarding government use of tracking devices. Subject of surveillance charged with theft when tracker goes missing even with absence of evidence that he actually did anything to the tracker.
Suspect compelled to unlock phone for Government using thumbprint sensor.
The United States Supreme Court issued its decision in City of Los Angeles v. Patel on June 22, 2015. This is a significant case for protection of private information from the government by a third party. It may be subject to extension to other businesses facing government regulation requiring th...
Officers can claim that they smell drugs in your car in order to search your vehicle. Courts have allowed such searches. You need a qualified Georgia criminal defense lawyer if you are facing such charges.
In Registe v. State, the Georgia Supreme Court decided on November 5, 2012, that a person has almost no privacy interest or protections regarding their ownership and use of a cell phone. Columbus police were investigating a murder case involving two victims. A witness told them that one of the ...