Category Archives: Probation / Parole search

CA9: While cell phone privacy interest is substantial, state’s interest in parole searches of cell phones is greater

While the general reasonable expectation of privacy in a cell phone is weighty, it still succumbs to the state’s interest in parole searches of a cell phone to insure compliance with parole requirements. The record also supports consent given by … Continue reading

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E.D.N.C.: Fact POs entered third party’s home to arrest him doesn’t make it unreasonable

POs found defendant parolee at his girlfriend’s house that he was not approved to live in. It was arguable he didn’t have standing, and his reasonable expectation of privacy was reduced there [I think he would have standing as an … Continue reading

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D.Me.: Sex offender on parole/probation subject to suspicionless search of computer

Defendant was a sex offender on probation after prison, and he had a search condition. The police and probation had information that he had child pornography on his computer. A probation search of an SD card revealed the child pornography. … Continue reading

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PA: POs have authority to search visitors in parolee’s house at time of parole visit with RS

“[P]arole agents have the authority to conduct a protective Terry frisk of non-parolees within the course of executing their statutorily imposed duties, so long as reasonable suspicion supports the agents’ conduct.” Here, POs entered the parolee’s house for a visit … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: PO knowing def’s history saw a bulge in def’s pocket, and this was justification for a search

Defendant was on supervised release. The officer “then saw a bulge in Becerra’s pocket that he suspected could be a weapon. [He thus] had probable cause at the time he arrested Becerra to believe that Becerra was violating his supervised … Continue reading

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W.D.La.: Parole search waiver applies to the car def borrowed since he had standing in it

Defendant’s parole search condition extended to a car he borrowed. After all, he had sufficient connection to the car to have standing to challenge a search. United States v. Meaux, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 189415 (W.D. La. Oct. 27, 2017), … Continue reading

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D.Kan.: State law does apply under 4A in parole searches; here, there was a reasonable basis for it

In the Tenth Circuit, the area of state probation and parole search is about the only area where the Fourth Amendment is informed by state law, and state law determines limits on state actors in the first instance, and then … Continue reading

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PA: Riley doesn’t apply to parole searches of cell phones

Riley doesn’t apply to parole searches of cell phones. Commonwealth v. Murray, 2017 PA Super 363, 2017 Pa. Super. LEXIS 928 (Nov. 15, 2017):

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N.D.Ill.: PO seeing an “unregistered” cell phone was seizure in plain view

Defendant was on supervised release for child pornography and he had a cell phone not listed with US Probation. The phone was seen during a home visit. The PO picked up the phone and turned it on and a picture … Continue reading

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Cal.3d: Domestic battery conviction didn’t support cell phone probation search condition

A broad probation electronics search condition for domestic battery was constitutionally overbroad because it doesn’t sufficiently serve the state’s interests compared to the crime of conviction. A cell phone has far too much information on it to make it so … Continue reading

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N.D.Cal.: Suspicionless probation search condition not shown to be on defendant; motion to suppress granted

Defendant did not have a suspicionless search condition on him. “This Court now joins the other courts in this district that have held that an officer must have reasonable suspicion to conduct a search of a probationer, unless the probationer … Continue reading

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OH3: PO officer asking LEO to assist in probation search didn’t make it unreasonable

The probation search of defendant’s house was valid. The probation officer was acting on a tip that defendant had a meth lab in the house. Task force officers aided in the search. No meth lab was found, so the PO … Continue reading

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