Category Archives: Automobile exception

PA: The automobile exception doesn’t apply in def’s own driveway; PA SCt held that before Collins

The police had a defective search warrant to bring them to defendant’s house to search the car in the driveway. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held the year before Collins v. Virginia that the automobile exception didn’t apply in one’s driveway, … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Impersonating a DEA agent in one’s car justifies automobile exception

Defendant was arrested for impersonating a DEA officer and using his car to do it. That gave probable cause to search the car. Defendant’s argument that there was an unreasonable inventory are off the mark. United States v. Wade, 2018 … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Reconsideration granted of suppression order to admit gun in a murder conspiracy

With apparent reluctance, the court grants the government’s motion to reconsider the grant of a motion to suppress a gun found in a backpack in the trunk of defendant’s car now linked to two homicides. The government could have raised … Continue reading

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NC: Car parked on street was not on the curtilage

A car parked on the street next to a house was not on the curtilage as a matter of law. Based on undisputed facts in the record, however, the officer had probable cause to search the car on the street. … Continue reading

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OH5: Def’s wallet was placed on roof of car during patdown; after PC developed under automobile exception, it was subject to search, too

When defendant got out of the car during the stop, the officer ordered him to put down his cell phone and wallet that were in his hands, and he put them on the roof. Inside the car, the officer saw … Continue reading

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W.D.Ark.: When challenging SW, def has burden of pleading to attach the SW and affidavit to the motion to suppress

When challenging a search warrant, the defendant needs to attach the warrant and affidavit to the motion to suppress. The government did instead. Here, the search warrant wasn’t even needed because there was probable cause for a vehicle search under … Continue reading

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N.D.W.Va.: A motion to suppress isn’t moot just because the govt says it won’t use the evidence in its case-in-chief; if it will to impeach, then the issue has to be resolved

Government’s agreeing it wouldn’t use the product of a search in its case in chief does not make it moot unless the government also says it won’t use it in impeachment. Then, it can only be used against the defendant … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: The fact California has legalized recreational marijuana does not make the smell of marijuana in a car no longer PC

The fact California has legalized recreational marijuana for small amounts does not make the smell of marijuana no longer probable cause. Here, there was a strong odor and defendant admitting he was carrying. An ounce or more would be an … Continue reading

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MS: No REP in calls from police station

Defendant’s calls from the police station after he was arrested admitted the marijuana in this case was his. The calls were admitted at trial, defense counsel challenging authentication. Defendant pro se argued a Fourth Amendment violation, but that is defaulted … Continue reading

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WY: PC existed for vehicle search before dog was called in; legality of stop abandoned

Defendant’s three sentence motion to suppress said it would follow up with authority. The motion and hearing without that authority narrowed the scope of the claim and abandoned the justification for the stop and any state constitutional claim. What developed … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Passenger’s possession of counterfeit drugs didn’t justify search of def’s car

Defendant’s passenger having alleged counterfeit drugs on his person didn’t provide probable cause for a search of defendant’s car under the automobile exception. United States v. Daughtridge, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115326 (E.D. N.C. July 11, 2018). You can’t relitigate … Continue reading

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N.D.Ill.: Collins v. Virginia doesn’t apply to a shared parking area which is not curtilage

Collins v. Virginia does not apply to shared parking areas which are not curtilage. “United States v. Jones, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 16409 (2d Cir. June 19, 2018), Jones’s vehicle was parked in a parking lot behind the multi-family building … Continue reading

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