Category Archives: Search incident

ID: Frisk doesn’t allow opening containers that can’t reasonably contain weapons; search incident doctrine doesn’t apply to frisk because no arrest

The search incident doctrine doesn’t apply to a stop and frisk. Thus, when a container is removed from a person in a frisk and the officer has no reasonable basis for concluding that the container has a weapon in it, … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: How many ways can this vehicle search be sustained that go unmentioned?

Defendant was stopped for driving erratically through a construction zone, and when stopped, he was acting strange and officers ordered his hands up. He slowly raised them with a cell phone in hand. Hands on guns, officers approached and saw … Continue reading

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Cal.1st: Smell of MJ on the person is at worst indicative of an infraction and it can’t justify a search incident

Officers were attracted to a group of youths in an area known for potential gang violence. They approached them and informed defendant that he smelled of marijuana and searched him. Because smelling of marijuana isn’t a crime and possession of … Continue reading

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OH7: Book bag in trailer not subject to search incident after defendant handcuffed and in police car

Defendant’s book bag in a towed trailer was not subject to search incident under Gant after he’d been arrested and was in the backseat of the patrol car [if ever]. State v. Johnson, 2017-Ohio-5708, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 2744 (7th … Continue reading

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IA: Breath test of boater was valid as search incident under 4A but not state const.

“[T]he breath test [of a boater] constituted a search incident to arrest excepted from the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement under Birchfield.” State v. Pettijohn, 2017 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 78 (June 30, 2017):

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OH10: Flight from a Terry stop was PC for search incident

“Because appellant committed an arrestable offense when he fled from the lawful Terry stop, the search of appellant’s person following his apprehension was constitutionally reasonable as a search incident to arrest.” State v. Johnson, 2017-Ohio-5527, 2017 Ohio App. LEXIS 2583 … Continue reading

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CA9: Exigency supported entry into hotel room when there was another child inside in child sex exploitation case

Defense counsel was not ineffective. The search of defendant’s hotel room for evidence in a child sex exploitation case after she escaped from the room and talked to the police was based on exigency. “ The officers also had exigent … Continue reading

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SD: SI can occur after a valid citizen’s arrest

Defendant was stopped and subjected to a citizen’s arrest by Walmart security. Her purse was searched based on the arrest, and it was valid. “Thus, a search need not be incident to an arrest by law enforcement because a citizen … Continue reading

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D.Conn.: Search incident included under the bed next to defendant

Search incident included a search under a bed near where the defendant was arrested, and cocaine was found there. The court rejects protective sweep under the bed as an alternative. United States v. Bohannon, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65446 (D. … Continue reading

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C.D.Cal.: Arrest for loitering justified a search incident

An arrest for loitering justified a search incident. Defendant’s actions were concerning to the officer about his criminal intent. United States v. Pick, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59287 (C.D. Cal. Feb. 28, 2017). Defendant’s saying “go ahead in look in … Continue reading

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CA2: Open container violation supports SI

Open container violation in NYC supported a search incident to an arrest. The officer was first going to issue a summons but did a patdown and arrested when the gun was found. United States v. Diaz, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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E.D.Mich.: Seizure of cell phone to preserve its evidence for a SW was reasonable

Seizure of defendant’s cell phone found near him when he was arrested was reasonable to preserve evidence until a search warrant could be obtained. United States v. Hamilton, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54953 (E.D. Mich. April 11, 2017):

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