MD: Anonymous DWI tip was specific and supported stop on a liquor store parking lot

“Considering the totality of the circumstances, the officers had reasonable suspicion to suspect that the defendant was engaged in drunk driving. The anonymous 911 call had sufficient indicia of reliability—the tipster alleging the drunk driving provided the make, model, and license plate of the vehicle, as well as its location. The police arrived within minutes of receiving the call and observed the vehicle parked at a liquor store around 11:30 p.m. with the engine running. The stop was reasonable given the nature of the criminal activity—drunk driving, with its attendant imminent danger to the public, as well as the minimal and non-intrusive nature of the stop.” Trott v. State, 2021 Md. LEXIS 196 (Apr. 23, 2021).

Officers knocking on defendant’s door smelled marijuana. They froze the premises and sought a warrant. “In sum, the officers developed probable cause to search Lipscomb’s residence while standing in a place where they were ‘objectively authorized and legally permitted’ to be. Ex parte Scarbrough, 621 So. 2d at 1010. Additionally, the investigators obtained a search warrant for Lipscomb’s residence and executed the search pursuant to the warrant. Consequently, the circuit court erred in granting the defendants’ motions to suppress.” State v. Gray, 2021 Ala. Crim. App. LEXIS 29 (Apr. 23, 2021).*

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