Category Archives: Automobile exception

W.D.N.C.: Search under automobile exception can be as broad as a SW would allow considering what is sought

When there is probable cause under the automobile exception, the search can be as broad as a search warrant would allow. United States v. Carmichael, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116946 (W.D.N.C. July 1, 2024). The protective sweep of defendant’s hotel … Continue reading

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E.D.La.: SW for def’s surveillance video had no PC for weapons search; suppressed

Police got a search warrant for the DVR and storage for defendant’s surveillance camera that likely could have caught a homicide across the street. The warrant included weapons and ammunition when there was no justification for it. The warrant lacked … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Dissipation of PC for automobile exception search?

Defendant argues dissipation of probable cause in an automobile exception search, but cites no cases. Probable cause always has to exist at the time of the search. One can imagine that it can go stale, but not generally, and not … Continue reading

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NJ: Smell of MJ permits search of locked glovebox under automobile exception

The smell of marijuana permitted a search of a locked glove compartment in a car under the automobile exception without officers having to determine exactly where the smell was coming from. A locked glove compartment is not analogous to the … Continue reading

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Cal.1: GFE applied to probation search term

The good faith exception applied to defendant’s probation search. The officer checked and reasonably concluded that defendant was still on searchable probation at the time. People v. Pritchett, 2024 Cal. App. LEXIS 348 (1st Dist. May 8, 2024), certified for … Continue reading

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D.Mont.: Dropbox conducted a private search finding CP

Dropbox found child porn in defendant’s account, and it reported to NCMEC. Dropbox conducted a private search. United States v. Balog, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 90179 (D. Mont. May 20, 2024).* “Defendant argues that the search of his vehicle was … Continue reading

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MN: No difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it

There’s no difference between the privacy interest in DNA abandoned at the scene of a crime and the specific genetic information within it. State v. Carbo, 2024 Minn. LEXIS 236 (May 8, 2024). [A creative argument, but one always doomed … Continue reading

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CAAF: Service member has REP in a private barracks room because it was not shared with anyone else

A service member has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a private barracks room because it was not shared with anyone else. United States v. Rocha, 2024 CAAF LEXIS 250 (C.A.A.F. May 8, 2024) (not a Fourth Amendment search case). … Continue reading

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CA7: Jail officials holding plaintiff under a valid court order aren’t liable for not releasing him sooner after a sentencing error

Jail officials holding plaintiff under a valid court order aren’t liable for not releasing him sooner after a sentencing error. Sabo v. Erickson, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 10503 (7th Cir. Apr. 30, 2024). “The record further reflects that when Officer … Continue reading

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CA7: No standing in a stolen car; PC anyway for automobile exception

Defendant was driving a stolen car. He had no standing in it. Besides, the search was good under the automobile exception with probable cause. United States v. Ostrum, 2024 U.S. App. LEXIS 10076 (7th Cir. Apr. 25, 2024). The Labor … Continue reading

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W.D.N.C.: Smell of alcohol alone doesn’t permit search for open container

The smell of alcohol alone wasn’t justification for a search of defendant’s car for an open container. United States v. Gibson, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70389 (W.D.N.C. Apr. 17, 2024). Petitioner’s claim defense counsel was ineffective for not seeking the … Continue reading

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D.P.R.: Indictment for possession of switches to convert handguns to machine guns justified vehicle search when defendant was stopped

Defendant was indicted for possession of conversion devices to make handguns machine guns. That justified search of his car when he was stopped. United States v. Berríos-Aquino, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66657 (D.P.R. Apr. 4, 2024). The DEA subpoena for … Continue reading

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M.D.La.: Automobile exception doesn’t apply to car parked in owner’s garage

Under Collins, the automobile exception does not apply to a car parked in the owner’s garage. United States v. Dejoie, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64270 (M.D. La. Apr. 8, 2024). “The exclusionary rule does not apply to ‘physical evidence that … Continue reading

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CA5: PC showing for house in affidavit for SW also supported automobile exception search of car elsewhere

The affidavit for the warrant for defendant’s house also provided nexus to defendant’s car. When it was driven away from the house just before the search, the police decided to stop and search it. That search was valid under the … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Hidden compartment could be searched under automobile exception

Under the automobile exception, a search of a compartment underneath the dashboard paneling was reasonable. United States v. Payton, 2024 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57065 (D. Minn. Mar. 29, 2024).* The search issues on appeal weren’t the issues in the trial … Continue reading

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CA2: District court erred in suppressing a SW executed at 6 am where SW and Rule 41 say 6 am to 10 pm

This search warrant was executed at 6 am, and the district court erred in granting the motion to suppress. “While 6:00 a.m. is the earliest time provided, it cannot be said that executing a warrant in accordance with its text–which … Continue reading

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PA: PO could send parolee’s GPS tracking to CID

Defendant was on parole for armed robbery, wearing a GPS tracker. It was reasonable for parole to send his tracking information to a detective investigating him for another robbery. Commonwealth v. Rosendary, 2024 PA Super 51, 2024 Pa. Super. LEXIS … Continue reading

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GA: SW for blood draw specifically didn’t mention testing

Where the search warrant for defendant’s blood only permitted drawing the blood and not testing it, testing it required another warrant. State v. De La Paz, 2024 Ga. App. LEXIS 98 (Mar. 8, 2024). Defendant’s conviction was based in part … Continue reading

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NJ: Prior knowledge def probably had drugs in car didn’t require SW, and automobile exception still applied

Prior knowledge defendant might have marijuana in his car didn’t require the police to get a search warrant for the car. The automobile exception still applied. [Eight months afterward, NJ legalized marijuana.] State v. Baker, 2024 N.J. Super. LEXIS 24 … Continue reading

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D.Utah: Automobile exception permits search under the hood

The automobile exception permits a search under the hood, even if it is not the most likely spot to find drugs and a weapon. Here, a clip was found in the car, and the gun it belonged to under the … Continue reading

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