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Seizure and Destruction of Marijuana Was Lawful

Three individuals with physician recommendations for medical marijuana challenged a county’s seizure and destruction of over 1,500 pounds of marijuana. The court of appeal held that the seizure was supported by probable...more

Can The Police Search My Cell Phone Without Permission?

Many of us store our most intimate information on our mobile phones....more

BB&K Police Bulletin: Detention and Seizure - Voluntary Relinquishment of Identification Card Does Not Constitute Seizure

Overview: A California appellate court recently ruled that the voluntary relinquishment of one’s identification card, upon request by a law enforcement officer, did not constitute a detention or seizure under the...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Discarded Evidence - Handgun Not Product of Illegal Search if Discarded Before Owner Seized

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently upheld a conviction for felony firearm possession in a case where the handgun owner discarded the weapon before being seized. The court found that, although an illegal...more

BB&K Police Chief Bulletin: Custodial Arrest - Only Three Ways to Support Custodial Arrest for Suspected Infraction

Overview: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that police could not take into custody a person cited for an infraction (in this case, trespassing) unless the arrestee has no satisfactory identification, refuses...more

Your dumb smart phone will give you up to the police!

Your smart phone stores everything you expect to keep private, and in many states that information is readily available to the police! And police access to your private information may not even require a warrant. Will your...more

Police Officers Charged With Illegal Searches Plead Not Guilty

As previously reported on this website here, the Milwaukee District Attorney has filed criminal charges against four Milwaukee Police Department ("MPD") officers who are accused of conducting illegal strip searches and...more

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