CA11: Reasonable mistake of law on basis for stop was not 4A violation

“An officer’s reasonable mistake of law—that is, when ‘the law turns out to be not what was thought’—can justify probable cause. [Heien] at 61-64. The officer ‘deserve[s] a margin of error’ when ‘the application of a statute is unclear—however clear it may later become’ when reviewed by a state court. Id. at 66. In that situation, the officer’s misinterpretation of state law means ‘there was no violation of the Fourth Amendment in the first place.’ Id.” Mahone v. Georgia, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 18320 (11th Cir. July 1, 2022).*

Defendant wasn’t in custody when he came to the police station and talked to officers. State v. Jimenez, 2022 R.I. LEXIS 66 (June 29, 2022).*

Defendant wasn’t in custody when he talked to police, and there were exigent circumstances for seizure of his cell phone from him. United States v. Dickson, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 18250 (6th Cir. June 29, 2022).*

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