Vehicle Pursuits and Deadly Force
For the third time in 10 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has given us guidance on the kinds of circumstances that may justify the use of deadly force to stop a...
Why You Should Double Check for Accuracy
Although law enforcement officers are given considerable leeway for reasonable mistakes, you don't get much slack for unreasonable mistakes that res...
Cell Phone Search Incident to Arrest
Just when it looks like a rule is finally refined to the point of general understanding, the Supreme Court takes an unexpected turn, as it recently did on th...
How SCOTUS Cell Phone Search Warrant Ruling Affects You
On June 25, the Supreme Court ruled that the well-established exception permitting some searches incident to arrest does not apply to data searches of the arres...
Stop and Frisk?
Many people who use the term "stop and frisk" fail to realize that there actually is no such concept in the law, and that the phrase "stop and frisk" couples...
Consent Entry After Refusal
The question of who can give valid consent to enter and search private premises has been the subject of numerous Supreme Court opinions.
Reduce Negative Impact of Miranda
Has Miranda v. Arizona adversely affected criminal justice and public safety? Miranda has resulted in the inability to clear a quarter-mill...
Constitutional Home Entry
Private residences enjoy the highest levels of Fourth Amendment protection against governmental intrusion. Here are the 10 most common ways to get inside a h...
Some search-and-seizure rules are not very clear, and state and local federal courts might apply them differently. How can you be expected to pick and choose...
Visual Enhancement and the Fourth Amendment
What if an object only comes into plain view after an officer shines a flashlight or spotlight into an area, or looks through binoculars? Does this use of se...