Category Archives: Emergency / exigency

OH5: Working meth lab is exigency

Defendant was initially stopped with information from a CI amounting to reasonable suspicion that he was purchasing precursors and ingredients to manufacture methamphetamine. When the police got to his house, it was apparent there was a working meth lab, and … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Officer-caused 2-sec traffic violation was not RS for stop

The officer’s probably unintentional causing of defendant’s traffic violation made the stop unreasonable. Even if the stop was reasonable, there was no reasonable suspicion for continuing it. United States v. Esteban, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 211294 (D. Utah Dec. 22, … Continue reading

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CA9: Failure to argue curtilage was violated in district court barred argument on appeal

Viewing photographs of the scene, the district court could conclude that the officers could see defendant with methamphetamine in his garage. “Tran did not argue below that the officers unlawfully entered the curtilage of Chong’s home and therefore waived this … Continue reading

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TX2: No exigency shown for warrantless blood draw in DUI case

The state failed to prove exigent circumstances for a warrantless blood draw from the defendant. There were other officers around and a warrant could have been sought. State v. Sanders, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 11674 (Tex. App. – Ft. Worth … Continue reading

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CA8: After exigency for entry abated, police had consent from def’s wife to remain on premises

Exigency supported the police entry into defendant’s home because of concern for safety of the children and a domestic dispute. After the entry and the abatement of the exigency, defendant’s wife consented to the officers staying in the house. United … Continue reading

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CA8: Domestic call and argument where def was reported armed justified warrantless entry

In a domestic dispute where the police were called, “The warrantless entry was justified by a legitimate and objectively reasonable concern for the safety of Christina Bak and the officers. They had information that Quarterman was making Christina Bak move … Continue reading

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S.D.Ga.: Def shooting victim’s clothes could be seized from ER floor as plain view or because of exigency

Defendant arrived at a hospital ER after he was shot. His clothing was cut off him and on the floor, and the officer’s seizure was valid because it was in plain view and had clear evidentiary value from blood and … Continue reading

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E.D.La.: Drive-by shooting led to emergency ping order which led to valid protective sweep

“Defendant lacks standing to challenge the sweep of Ms. Wells’ home. At best, Defendant was a frequent visitor to the home where he babysat children and worked on cars in the yard. Those limited connections to the home are insufficient … Continue reading

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OH12: 911 call about overdose brought narcs and EMS; entry justified and plain view sustained

Defendant was making methamphetamine in his garage, and he overdosed on heroin. His mother found him and called 911. A narcotics officer arrived shortly before EMS, and he saw defendant on the floor with a used syringe near him. EMS … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Def’s quibbling in a Franks challenge is insufficient: “I’m just a ‘drug dealer’ not a ‘drug trafficker.’”

Defendant is quibbling rather than making a bona fide Franks argument that he was arraigned 11 times not 10 on other drug cases and that he was a “drug trafficker” when he insists he is just a “drug dealer.” One … Continue reading

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CA6: 53 days after an occurrence is hardly exigent

Detroit has a stray dog problem and passed an ordinance in 2004. The ordinance allowed warrantless entries into yards to search for and seize dogs. The district court enjoined that, and the city did not appeal. On individual claims, an … Continue reading

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OR: Exigency-based entry into house for DUI arrest requires proof of exigency, and here it was lacking

Here the officer entered defendant’s home in a DUI case to seize him for evidence of his intoxication. Exigency can permit an entry, but the state has the burden of proof on exigency, and here it failed to prove the … Continue reading

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