Category Archives: Curtilage

CA8: Second attempt at knock-and-talk wasn’t unreasonable under Jardines

Officers went to defendant’s home for a knock-and-talk and could smell green marijuana. Their second attempt at a knock-and-talk wasn’t unreasonable under Jardines. United States v. White, 2019 U.S. App. LEXIS 19446 (8th Cir. June 28, 2019). “Ferguson, however, does … Continue reading

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NC: Going to back door after no answer in a knock-and-talk violates Jardines

Police went to do a knock-and-talk and nobody answered at the front door. Going to the back door, ostensibly as an extension of the knock-and-talk, violated curtilage under Jardines. What was seen went into a search warrant application, and it … Continue reading

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LA3: “Defendant may not retreat to the curtilage of his home to avoid arrest.”

“Defendant may not retreat to the curtilage of his home to avoid arrest.” State v. Nolan, 2019 La. App. LEXIS 1085 (La. App. 3 Cir. June 12, 2019). The smell of marijuana was justification for search of defendant’s person. A … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Def didn’t have a REP in a friend’s carport visible from the street when police saw him

Defendant was on the carport of a house, and he was mistaken for a wanted person. It was not unconstitutional for officers to tell him to put his hands on his head for safety reasons. Officers came in and he … Continue reading

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TX3: Dashcam audio of ptf on her porch over her objection cannot be public record

Plaintiffs were the subject of police recordings on her porch during a welfare check. Others sought a public records request for her dashcam recordings and audio of the conversation. Mrs. King was a former member of the Texas legislature and … Continue reading

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IN: SW for house includes the curtilage

A search warrant for a house gives police the ability to search the curtilage, too. Hardin v. State, 2019 Ind. App. LEXIS 234 (May 29, 2019). Navajo Nation police officers had implied license to approach the front door of a … Continue reading

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MO: SW for a house includes the garden in the curtilage

The search warrant for defendant’s home authorized a search of defendant’s garden because, under Jardines, the curtilage is considered part of the house itself. State v. Daggett, 2019 Mo. App. LEXIS 843 (May 28, 2019). A state court’s 2017 cell … Continue reading

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LA5: Car in driveway near the street wasn’t on the curtilage

Defendant’s car in the driveway within an hour of the crime enabled the police to look in the windows and see proceeds from the crime inside without violating the curtilage. A search warrant was obtained, and the look was reasonable. … Continue reading

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CA8: Entry onto def’s back porch with arrest warrant was reasonable

The entry to defendant’s back porch was reasonable because he was there with an arrest warrant. On the back porch he saw some potential equipment for a meth lab. When the police applied for a search warrant, the product of … Continue reading

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IL: Odor of marijuana detected during a knock-and-talk was reasonably obtained

Odor of marijuana detected during a knock-and-talk was reasonably obtained. People v. Brandt, 2019 IL App (4th) 180219, 2019 Ill. App. LEXIS 224 (Apr. 2, 2019). There was probable cause for plaintiff’s arrest for constructive possession. He was long time … Continue reading

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ID: Old faded “no trespassing” sign that was apparently not prominent wasn’t notice officer couldn’t enter curtilage

Defendant’s argument that his single old and faded “No Trespassing” sign was enough to revoke any implied license to approach his house is rejected. The court leaves open the possibility in a factually more stark case one sign could be … Continue reading

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IN: Officer at front door to do knock-and-talk could look through gap in blinds

Officer who was at front of house to do a knock and talk did not conduct an illegal search when he heard noise inside and looked through a gap in the blinds. Jardines is distinguished, and the court used the … Continue reading

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