With Probable Cause and Drug-Sniffing Dogs, Supreme Court Would Rather Keep Things Fluid
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit is set to become the first federal appellate court to answer the question left open by the Supreme Court in United States v. Jones. Last year, the Court held in Jones that a...more
For police to legally search your car, a number of circumstances must be met. Because it is mobile and comparatively easy to dispose of, a car has fewer protections against search than a home. Your permission or a valid...more
Following Too Closely. It’s a basic traffic violation that we rarely think about. But the truth is that we all follow the car in front of us too closely. “Wait a second,” you say. “I’m a safe driver. I’ve never even been...more
Fans of the television show Breaking Bad remember the scene when Badger, the drug dealer, refused to sell drugs to a man he suspected was an undercover cop. The man managed to convince Badger that he was just a regular guy,...more
Staats Battle, a walk-on point guard for the North Carolina State Wolfpacks basketball team was arrested on New Year’s Eve on suspicion of driving while impaired (DWI). The 19-year-old basketball player faces a number of...more
Knowing your rights and what to do with them is important when you face arrest in Cleveland. The sole focus of our law firm is criminal defense. We handle drug crimes and various state and federal offenses, and we know that...more
The Supreme Court has been thoroughly divided on many major issues, but probable cause isn't one of them. When looked at within the context of the use of a drug-sniffing dog in a criminal case—is strict documentation of...more
In Florida v. Harris, a recent case decided on February 19, 2013, the Supreme Court held that a dog's alert can be sufficient to establish probable cause if all of the facts surrounding a dog's alert, viewed through the lens...more
In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court Monday ruled that an alert by a trained drug-sniffing dog constitutes probable cause for a police search under most circumstances.
In Florida v. Harris, the court rejected...more
Search and seizure is fundamental element of criminal practice. It ties in directly with the process of discovery and the doctrines of reasonable suspicion and probable cause. It is a constitutional guarantee as expressed in...more
Are you proud to have lots of Facebook "friends?" Well, any one of them can give strangers, including the U.S. Government, access to your account. Your privacy settings won't completely bar access by strangers. In an August...more
A recent court decision has added support to the idea that there is no privacy on the internet.
In United States v. Meregildo, defendant Melvin Colon moved to suppress evidence seized from his Facebook account pursuant...more
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