Category Archives: Emergency / exigency

LA5: Knock-and-talk cannot be used to create exigency

Officers came to defendant’s house because a couple of drug suspects had visited him. The officers’ knock-and-talk didn’t gain them entry into the house, and a knock-and-talk can’t be used to create exigent circumstances. A protective sweep was unjustified because … Continue reading

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NY3: No exigency justified this entry; exclusionary rule applies in NY probation revo proceedings

There was no emergency basis for entry into defendant’s apartment, a probationer. The police understood that another person might be there who they were curious about. Still, there was no justification for the warrantless entry with gun drawn at midnight. … Continue reading

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GA: Trial judge’s order of defense counsel to be drug tested violated 4A; ADA’s SW for blood test next day was valid, however

Defense counsel appeared to the trial judge to be under the influence of something, and the judge ordered a recess. Defense counsel came back to finish the trial after a few hours, and the condition still existed. The court ordered … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: No standing in car where permission to borrow had been revoked

Defendant had permission to possess and drive a car for a while, but it had been rescinded by the time of the search. Therefore, he lacked standing in the car. United States v. Leclear, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 106550 (N.D. … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Unaccounted for gun and likely presence of another inside was exigency for entry to look for it

Defendant was arrested outside his house, and a firearm expected to be on him was not found during his search incident. There was expected to be another person in the house, and that, coupled with the unaccounted for gun, was … Continue reading

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MO erroneously suggests bad faith for exclusionary rule requires pattern and practice evidence

The question of consent from a disturbed and hallucinating man is moot–the state relies on exigent circumstances. In the process, however, the court suggests that defendant’s argument the police acted with bad faith might require pattern and practice evidence of … Continue reading

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TX: Even if suppression motion is made in trial, state bears burden on a warrantless search

Whether a motion to suppress is filed pretrial or during trial, if the search is shown to be warrantless, the burden shifts to the state to prove the legality of the warrantless search. White v. State, 2018 Tex. Crim. App. … Continue reading

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LA3: Ping order for def’s cell phone was based on exigency

The police ping request to locate defendant’s phone to locate him was based on clear exigent circumstances. Thus, it did not violate the Stored Communications Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2702(c)(4). State v. Malveaux, 2018 La. App. LEXIS 1082 (La. App. … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: No SW needed for non-tribal officer to enter a reservation

The search here was in a remote area on the Crow Nation. First, officers had exigency because it was cold, raining, and getting dark, and evidence might be lost. Also, defendant was abandoned there by his assault victim, and he … Continue reading

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NY3: Smell and smoke from working meth lab in garage was exigency

The officer pulled into defendant’s driveway and defendant came out and was really nervous. Smoke was coming out a window in the garage that smelled like a meth cook. There was exigency for entry without a warrant. People v. Alberts, … Continue reading

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CA11: Interrupted residential burglary is exigency for police entry and search

“Police officers interrupt what they reasonably believe to be a residential burglary and detain two suspects just outside the house. Having done so, can the officers thereafter lawfully enter the home—without a warrant, and without further suspicion of wrongdoing—to briefly … Continue reading

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PA: Def consented to recordings of jail calls, and this is an exception to the state wiretap statute

The trial court’s findings of fact and conclusions of law were completely wrong. Defendant had no reasonable expectation of privacy concerning his jail calls made over a television monitor and through a computer system. This was a case of consent … Continue reading

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