A strong odor of marijuana emanating from the interior of a lawfully stopped automobile justified the warrantless search of the vehicle’s passenger, the Illinois Appellate Court has ruled in affirming a drug conviction.
It’s seems a fair assumption that a driver who attempts to reverse course to avoid a police checkpoint has something to hide.
Friday, the North Carolina Supreme Court made clear that such maneuvering does in fact give rise to reasonable suspicion for police to initiate a traffic stop.
The 2nd Circuit yesterday revived the civil rights suit of a man who was stopped and arrested after flipping off a police officer he observed manning a speed trap.
New York police officers conducting a lawful traffic stop needed a “founded suspicion of criminality” before asking the vehicle’s occupants whether they were armed, New York’s highest court has ruled.
Driving through an intersection without turning or changing lanes even though the turn signal was on does not constitute a traffic violation, and therefore the officer who pulled the defendant over did not have reasonable suspicion to effect a traffic stop, the Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled.
One of the heavyweights has weighed in on a question that has divided courts across the country: Does a police officer’s observation of minor lane violations justify a traffic stop under the Fourth Amendment?
Police could not stop a vehicle only because it emerged from the site of a suspected methamphetamine lab, the 7th Circuit has ruled in reversing the denial of a motion to suppress.
A police officer did not have probable cause for a traffic stop because he relied solely on his visual estimate that the driver was traveling 75 mph in a 70-mph zone, the 4th Circuit has ruled in reversing a drug conviction.
A drunk driving defendant could not suppress evidence on the basis that a police officer stopped his vehicle under the mistaken belief that it lacked valid license tags, the Utah Supreme Court has ruled.
At a criminal trial for stalking and violating a protective order, the district court erred by allowing the prosecution to introduce evidence of the defendant’s brother’s “bad acts,” as well as evidence from a subsequent traffic stop, the 2nd Circuit has ruled.