Category Archives: Probation / Parole search

LA3: Once parolee found in possession of MJ, search of his hotel room was justified

Defendant was arrested for possession of marijuana so the search of his wallet was justified as a search incident. As a parolee, his hotel room was his “residence” for purposes of a parole search. State v. Warren, 2018 La. App. … Continue reading

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DE: Exclusionary rule does not apply in probation revocation proceedings

Deciding an issue of first impression in the state, the court concludes that the exclusionary rule does not apply in probation revocation proceedings. Surveying law from other states, some recognize a bad faith exception for probation searches, but this case … Continue reading

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D.Nev.: Motorcycle gang’s jacket and other vague things wasn’t RS; a Terry frisk requires separate justification from a Terry stop

A Terry stop doesn’t automatically include the ability to conduct a frisk because they have separate justifications. Here, defendant was wearing a motorcycle gang jacket, but nothing else came close to providing reasonable suspicion, and the motion to suppress is … Continue reading

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CA11: District court didn’t commit plain error by imposing suspicionless supervised release condition

Defendant was convicted of wire fraud, and the district court imposed a condition of suspicionless searches for supervised releases. He complains that the court didn’t adequately explain the justification. No case says that the district court needed to, and there … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: After entry to arrest parole absconder, the govt could rely on protective sweep, plain view, and plain smell doctrines to expand the entry

Officers had a parole absconder warrant to retake defendant. At his motel room door, they could smell marijuana inside. After the entry, the government could rely on protective sweep, plain view, and plain smell doctrines to expand the entry. Finally, … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: State law limits on parole and probation’s search authority applies in federal court; it defines the REP

Defendant was subject to a state parole search condition that required reasonable suspicion and is also governed by Griffin’s special needs exception. “the language in a parole search condition is an important factor to consider when assessing the reasonableness of … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: The parole search here violated the state parole search authorization and is suppressed

Defendant was subject to a state parole search condition that required reasonable suspicion and is also governed by Griffin’s special needs exception. “the language in a parole search condition is an important factor to consider when assessing the reasonableness of … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Def’s admission of violation of internet limits on supervised release was RS

Defendant was on federal supervised release, and the reasonable suspicion of Knights applies, and the officers had it here because defendant admitted a violation of his internet usage agreement with the PO. United States v. Kuhnel, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS … Continue reading

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CA5: PO’s information from DEA plus additional facts was RS for probation search

Defendant was on probation for a state drug offense, and he was a good probationer, so his PO was working toward early termination of probation. Then the DEA calls the PO that they suspect him of being involved in drug … Continue reading

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D.Neb.: Giving home alarm code helps show consent

The record supports that defendant consented to his probation search. Giving the alarm code helps show consent. There was no objection to the probation search at any time. United States v. Wilson, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8815 (D. Neb. Jan. … Continue reading

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ID: Where probation agreement searches occur “at the request of” PO, searching without request was fatal

Defendant’s probation agreement said that he’d submit to probation searches “at the request of” the probation officer. Searching without a prior request was fatal. State v. Jaskowski, 2018 Ida. LEXIS 19 (Jan 18, 2018). “The Franks challenge to paragraph three … Continue reading

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ID: Patdown of a visitor at a probationer’s house during probation search requires RS, and here it was lacking

Finding it a close question, the patdown of a visitor during a probation search of the probationer’s house was unreasonable because there was no indication he was a problem or potentially violent. His demeanor was calm throughout for 17 minutes … Continue reading

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