Category Archives: Automobile exception

CA5: Thumping a spare tire on PC wasn’t an unreasonable search

“Here, the agent articulated several observations which, based on his eight years of experience at this [immigration] checkpoint, indicated that the truck’s spare tire contained contraband. Viewing this testimony in the light most favorable to the Government, and giving due … Continue reading

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N.D.Fla.: Car on private property subject to automobile exception; 28 day delay in SW for cell phones unreasonable

Defendant’s car was subject to the automobile exception even though it was parked on private property. Waiting 28 days to get a search warrant for cell phones made the search unreasonable. United States v. Civil, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158377 … Continue reading

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Cert. granted: Collins v. Virginia (does automobile exception apply to search a vehicle parked near to a house on curtilage)

Cert. granted: Collins v. Virginia, 16-1027 (ScotusBlog) Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment’s automobile exception permits a police officer, uninvited and without a warrant, to enter private property, approach a house and search a vehicle parked a few feet from the … Continue reading

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Constitution Daily: Supreme Court gets ready for “long conference” today re Collins v. Virginia (pet. pending)

Constitution Daily: Supreme Court gets ready for “long conference” today SCOTUSBlog: Issue: Whether the Fourth Amendment’s automobile exception permits a police officer, uninvited and without a warrant, to enter private property, approach a house and search a vehicle parked a … Continue reading

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OR: Vehicle didn’t have to be seen moving before stop for automobile exception to apply (state constitution)

Defendant’s car didn’t have to be seen moving at the time of the stop for the automobile exception to apply. State v. Von Flue, 287 Ore. App. 798, 2017 Ore. App. LEXIS 1088 (Sept. 20, 2017)* (state constitution):

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OR: Under automobile exception, exigency for stop may dissipate as to one thing yet arise as to another

“[T]he automobile exception continues to supply the per se exigency necessary to conduct a warrantless search of the vehicle that was mobile when stopped so long as the officer has probable cause to believe that the vehicle contains evidence of … Continue reading

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W.D.Mo.: Parked RV hooked up to water and electricity with satellite dish on roof with grill and trashcan outside wasn’t subject to automobile exception

Defendant’s RV was being used as a residence when it was searched, and the automobile exception does not apply. Because it was a residence, the search warrant didn’t specify it within the residences to be searched in the search warrant, … Continue reading

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S.D.Fla.: A car broken down on the highway was still “readly mobile” enough for the automobile exception to apply

A car broken down on the highway was still “readly mobile” enough for the automobile exception to apply. United States v. Ortiz-Santizo, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128710 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 14, 2017):

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W.D.Ky.: Driving up to a drug house where a SWAT raid was about to happen here was RS

Defendant drove up to a known drug house that was about to be searched by a SWAT team, and reasonable suspicion quickly developed for his stop. United States v. Clayton, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 128041 (W.D. Ky. June 13, 2017).* … Continue reading

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D.C.Cir.: Def’s driving car to where it was stopped and searched was “mobile” for automobile exception

Defendant’s car was subject to the automobile exception: probable cause “abounded” at the time of the search and it was mobile because it was driven to the place where it was stopped and searched. Weapons used in a robbery were … Continue reading

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