Category Archives: Probation / Parole search

D.Del.: Mere denials of the facts doesn’t make a Franks claim

Just saying in a motion to suppress the defendant “‘denies telling law enforcement that additional drugs could be found within his apartment’ and ‘disputes the accuracy’ of the statement that officers detected the odor of burnt marijuana in the apartment” … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Search before knowing of probation search condition unreasonable

Standing outside the door to a recently parked vehicle with expired tags and holding the keys was reasonable suspicion the holder is the driver. Asking about probation or parole status and a search waiver is outside the mission of the … Continue reading

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AZ: Cell phones “property” subject to probation searches

“Cell phones provide access to an immense array of private information, much of which is stored in the Cloud or on sites controlled by third parties. As such, the United States Supreme Court concluded in Riley v. California that people … Continue reading

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Cal.2: Mistake of fact def was on probation made probation search unreasonable

Officers thought defendant was on probation and searched him, but he wasn’t at the time. The state put on no evidence of good faith, so the search fails for lack of a factual or legal basis for the search. People … Continue reading

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ND: Parole search of cell phone after def incarcerated reasonable

The parole search of defendant’s cell phone after he was incarcerated was valid. Here, the officers had reasonable suspicion. (The court saves for another day whether such a search without reasonable suspicion would be valid.) State v. Powley, 2020 ND … Continue reading

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E.D.Pa.: FIPF is continuing offense and reasonable inference is firearm would be kept at home

Felon in possession of a firearm is a continuing offense, and it’s reasonable to infer defendant would keep the firearm he was suspected of having in his home. That’s sufficient for nexus. United States v. Golden, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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AL: SW to “any law enforcement officer ” in the state can be directed to one from a different county than the place of the search

A search warrant to “any law enforcement officer ” in the state can be directed to one from a different county than the place of the search. When defendant admitted that he had child pornography on the computer at his … Continue reading

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E.D.Ky.: It was reasonable for officers to open a car door when the driver was parked and unresponsive

Defendant’s car was parked on a Waffle House parking lot from 2-5 am with the headlights on, and it was reasonable for officers to check on the car. Inside was defendant who didn’t respond to them, and it was reasonable … Continue reading

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AZ: Cell phones are “property” subject to probation searches

“Cell phones provide access to an immense array of private information, much of which is stored in the Cloud or on sites controlled by third parties. As such, the United States Supreme Court concluded in Riley v. California that people … Continue reading

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OH5: Walking down the middle of the street at night in a high crime area justified a patdown

Walking down the middle of the street at night in a high crime area justified a patdown. State v. Hall, 2020-Ohio-2937, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 1913 (5th Dist. May 15, 2020).* Replica of Glover: State v. Anglin, 2020-Ohio-2907, 2020 Ohio … Continue reading

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TX: State statutory requirement of legible magistrate’s signature subject to GFE

Code of Criminal Procedure Article 18.04(5) requires, in part, that a search warrant contain a legible magistrate’s signature. So what effect does an illegible magistrate’s signature have upon the applicability of the statutory good-faith exception? See Tex. Code Crim. Proc. … Continue reading

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ID: Def’s probationary status was admissible at trial to show context for probation search, not as propensity evidence

The fact defendant was on probation was admissible at trial, not as propensity evidence, but to show context for the probation search and why defendant’s underwear was searched. State v. Jones, 2020 Ida. LEXIS 95 (May 4, 2020). Automatic license … Continue reading

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N.D.Ga.: Def doesn’t show that his guilty plea was unknowing as a result of IAC on a 4A claim

“The movant’s unsubstantiated claim that counsel’s mistakes on a Fourth Amendment issue somehow rendered his guilty plea unknowing are insufficient to overcome a record that reflects that the plea was knowing and voluntary.” Hernandez-Rodriguez v. United States, 2020 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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CA6: While federal law requires RS for a supervised release search, it wasn’t error for district court here to permit suspicionless searches

District court did not plainly err in imposing a suspicionless search condition separate from federal law that normally requires reasonable suspicion. United States v. Sulik, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 10450 (6th Cir. Mar. 31, 2020). “Nothing in the record suggests … Continue reading

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D.Conn.: Possession of an unauthorized smartphone was RS and justified its search

Possession of an unauthorized smartphone was a violation of defendant’s probation and provided reasonable suspicion for a search of the phone. Aside from the legitimate reasons for having a smartphone, “[c]onsidering that a smartphone is often used as an instrumentality … Continue reading

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CA6: Trash pulls not unreasonable despite local ordinance that only trash collectors permitted in trash

Trash pulls by police are not unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment, notwithstanding a local ordinance that limits trash collectors to rummaging in trash. United States v. Mathis, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 10275 (6th Cir. Mar. 30, 2020). Defendant’s probation search … Continue reading

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