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  • Can the Police Search Through your Trash for Evidence of Drug Use?
    Can the Police Search Through your Trash for Evidence of Drug Use?

    If you are suspected of a drug crime, the police legally have the right to search through your trash for evidence. Currently, the U.S. laws declared that there is no expectation of privacy in any ...

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  • What Does The Phrase Specific And Articulable Facts Mean?
    What Does The Phrase Specific And Articulable Facts Mean?

    In the course of a motion to suppress the physical evidence that is seized during a pat-down search (Terry stop), there will be a number of phrases that are thrown around the courtroom. One of those ...

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  • Does The Fourth Amendment Protect An Individual's Privacy In The Workplace?
    Does The Fourth Amendment Protect An Individual's Privacy In The Workplace?

    This a question that we often get asked. Remember, the Fourth Amendment protects ones privacy from government intrusion. Generally, absent a promise otherwise, the Fourth Amendment does not protect an ...

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  • Can The Police Search For Anything During An Investigative Detention?
    Can The Police Search For Anything During An Investigative Detention?

    The basis for a stop-and-frisk search is that the officer must be certain that he or she is not in danger. Thus, the law allows them to conduct searches of those people suspected of crime to see if ...

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  • Does Terry v. Ohio Allow The Police To Conduct A Search?
    Does Terry v. Ohio Allow The Police To Conduct A Search?

    As we noted earlier, depending on all of the circumstances, the police can be suspicious that a crime is occuring or is about to occur. In that regard, once the police have a suspicion (that can be ...

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  • What Does An Officer Need To Have To Conduct An Investigative Detention?
    What Does An Officer Need To Have To Conduct An Investigative Detention?

    In the last 50 years, there has been a number of substantial cases issued by the United States Supreme Court that effected criminal jurisprudence. The case that started it all was Terry v. Ohio , 392 ...

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