“When I was arrested by the Feds on Drug Conspiracy charges, they told me I was facing mandatory life in federal prison without the possibility of parole. I knew that I was innocent, but I was scared . . . so I knew that I would have to find a lawyer who was not afraid of the Feds and would take my case to trial. I chose Greg Robey because he is a fighter. After over 2 weeks in a federal jury trial, I was found Not Guilty of all charges. My family and I am forever grateful to Mr. Robey.” -L.B., Mansfield, 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.