“I was wrongly convicted of murder. I spent nearly 17 years in prison fighting my case. When I finally won a new trial, I chose Greg Robey to be a part of my defense team. He found an FBI agent who had worked on the case in the 1980s, along with critical pieces of evidence that we thought were long lost. After a long and very hard-fought trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. I owe my freedom to Greg Robey and my defense team.” -R.R., Ravenna, Ohio
When an officer has reason to believe you may be armed, he or she may stop and frisk the outside of your person for weapons. The stop and frisk law in use today was established in the 1968 case Terry V. Ohio. In it, a detective observes three men pacing back and forth in front of a jewelry store. He stops the men, pats them down and finds illegal concealed weapons. The alleged robbers were convicted, and appealed their case on grounds that their Fourth Amendment right against unlawful searches and seizures was violated.
The Supreme Court upheld the conviction and found that when an officer has reasonable grounds to suspect a person may be armed, the officer may frisk the outer layer of that person’s clothing for weapons.
The following are some other important aspects of stop and frisk law that you should know about:
If you face criminal charges in Ohio after being stopped and frisked, you are legally entitled to attorney representation. Consult a lawyer who helps you obtain the best possible outcome to your case and protects your rights throughout the process.