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What Are Your Rights?

What Are Your Rights?

Being arrested for any type of crime can be an intimidating experience; simply being stopped or frisked by police can be nerve-wracking. Unfortunately, many people stopped or arrested by police do not realize that they have certain inalienable rights. If you do not know your rights, how do you know if and when they are Read More

Maryland v. King: Supreme Court Rules on DNA Collection from Arrestees

The U.S. Supreme Court has recently validated laws permitting law enforcement to take DNA samples from criminal suspects after they have been arrested for serious crimes. Without exaggeration, this is one of the most important criminal procedure cases that the Court has decided in decades. The Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 in Maryland v. Read More

What Does “Hot Pursuit” mean?

Hot Pursuit is a situation where law enforcement is actively chasing an individual suspected of a crime, and it provides an exception to the normal requirement that the police have a warrant to search you or your home. Hot pursuit is a type of exigent circumstance, which is a general category of circumstances under which Read More

Knowing Your Rights at Traffic Stops

Getting pulled over can be a nerve-wracking experience, even when you have done nothing wrong. Law enforcement is often extremely intimidating for the average citizen. In these situations, many people believe consenting to the search of their vehicle is the best strategy, since it will show how honest and forthcoming they are.  Consenting to a Read More

Overview of Search and Seizure Laws

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 the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, and it is a critical right to every citizen — especially those suspected of Read More

Is a Search Warrant Needed?

The Fourth Amendment was enacted to protect private citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. According to the Fourth Amendment, no state or federal law enforcement officer can enter and search your home without a warrant. To obtain a search warrant, an officer must first show probable cause. He must then sign an affidavit setting forth Read More

What Is The Purpose of a Search Warrant?

Search and seizure is a law enforcement procedure where officers search a person’s property and confiscate anything that is illegal or that can be used as evidence of an illegal act. However, all people in the United States are protected from unreasonable search and seizure by the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Read More


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