Category Archives: Search incident

NJ: Two-hour delayed SI for forensic evidence on def’s sweatshirt in axe murder case was reasonable

A two-hour delayed search incident of defendant’s sweatshirt for blood and other evidence was reasonable when he was in custody under U.S. v. Edwards (1974, 10 hours) and more compelling probable cause developed he committed an axe murder. Swabbing of … Continue reading

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FL2: Def’s mental health seizure was unreasonable under state law; his search incident thus was unreasonable

Defendant’s mental health seizure didn’t comply with state law and was unreasonable. There was no face-to-face meeting to evaluate his condition required by law. His girlfriend had reported that he was sending suicidal text messages. K.M. v. State, 2023 Fla. … Continue reading

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SC: Blood draw unreasonable but saved by GFE because it happened before holding here

As to the blood draw in this DUI death case, “We conclude section 56-5-2946 is facially constitutional but unconstitutional as applied in Appellant’s case. However, we find the trial court did not err in denying Appellant’s motion to suppress because … Continue reading

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CA10: Overlong stop didn’t cause independent search incident

Defendant was subjected to a search incident for false identification. His overlong stop otherwise didn’t cause that. United States v. Anderson, 2023 U.S. App. LEXIS 5997 (10th Cir. Mar. 14, 2023).* “Teixeira struggles to throw shade on the reliability of … Continue reading

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AR: Search incident to sex offense produced microSD cards that could be seized

Defendant was arrested for a sex offense, and his search incident produced three microSD cards that fell to the ground. They were properly seized and then searched with a warrant finding child porn. Lewis v. State, 2023 Ark. 12, 2023 … Continue reading

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WY: In felony domestic battery case, state showed nexus that evidence could likely be found in def’s journal

Defendant was convicted of strangulation of a family member. The family member reported to the police that he had been in counseling and was keeping a detailed journal trying to break the cycle of domestic abuse. The affidavit for the … Continue reading

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NC: Officer who had knowledge of driver’s medical disqualification from driving could make a stop

“Therefore, a law enforcement officer with either probable cause or reasonable suspicion to believe that the driver of a vehicle is driving with a medically canceled license may conduct a lawful traffic stop of that vehicle without running afoul of … Continue reading

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DC: “Handcuffing is ordinarily improper in a Terry stop absent an objective safety concern.”

“Handcuffing is ordinarily improper in a Terry stop absent an objective safety concern. See United States v. Smith, 373 F. Supp. 3d 223, 241 (D.D.C. 2019); Haynes v. Minnehan, 14 F.4th 830, 835 n.4 (8th Cir. 2021) (‘[A]bsent an objective … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Park ranger’s arrest of def outside park wasn’t 4A violation, even if statute violated

“Ruiz argues that, because Carozzi lacked the statutory authority to arrest him outside the park, the arrest violated his Fourth Amendment rights, and therefore all evidence collected subsequent to his arrest (i.e., the breathalyzer results) must be suppressed. In the … Continue reading

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NY2: Franks claim has to be fully developed; it’s more than just a false statement

Franks claim fails for failure to show how the alleged false statements undermined the probable cause. “The defendant failed to meet his burden of controverting the warrant, as he failed to analyze, must less establish, that after the excise of … Continue reading

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DC: Gant search incident for open containers did not permit search of a small plastic box

A Gant search incident of a vehicle authorized for open containers of alcohol didn’t permit a more intense search of a plastic “otter box” finding PCP. Smith v. United States, 2022 D.C. App. LEXIS 326 (Sep. 29, 2022). The state … Continue reading

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CA1: Road rage incident day before justified search incident of car for weapon involved

Defendant was driving a white Corvette and he allegedly was involved in a road rage incident with occupants of a landscaping truck where he flashed a gun. An APB was put out for him, and he was stopped the next … Continue reading

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CT: Blood draw by nurse at hospital was not 4A search

The taking of a blood sample by a nurse at a hospital is not a Fourth Amendment search. State v. Ragalis, 2022 Conn. Super. LEXIS 2025 (New Britain Sept. 8, 2022). Custody under Miranda is not the same as a … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: PC showing raises the inference a cell phone was involved in crime for SW

“The affidavit also attempts to establish the link between the use of cell phones and the drug trafficking under investigation. Metzger’s warning to McFaul on social media, which presumably was accomplished through the use of an electronic device like a … Continue reading

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D.Minn.: Police delay in responding to 911 call in part belied exigency

There no longer was exigency, in part here from the police delay in responding to 911 call, and what was observed was innocuous. No exigency on the totality. Cotten v. Miller, 2022 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 139360 (D. Minn. Aug. 5, … Continue reading

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N.D.Ohio: Small closed container in a gun case was properly searched incident to arrest

Officers entered the home on an arrest warrant and consent. Inside, they saw a gun case. A search of a small closed container in the gun case was reasonable incident to arrest. If it was in a dresser drawer or … Continue reading

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CA9: Having handgun in open carry state not RS without more

Washington is an open carry state, and the allegation defendant had a weapon on him was insufficient for a stop without some showing he was a danger to others per state law. United States v. Willy, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS … Continue reading

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WI: Search incident for shoplifting permitted search of small canister on keychain

Defendant was arrested for shoplifting, and, on her arrest, a search incident of a small canister attached to her keychain was reasonable, despite it being so small no evidence of theft would be there. State v. Meisenhelder, 2022 Wisc. App. … Continue reading

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CA8: Shoplifting arrest supported search incident of backpack; inevitable anyway

The search of defendant’s backpack incident to a shoplifting arrest produced a firearm. Even if the search incident wasn’t proper, it was inevitable the backpack would be inventoried at the jail.United States v. Trogdon, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 15860 (8th … Continue reading

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OH2: Warrant found during traffic stop justified search of person

Defendant was stopped for a traffic offense, and a warrant surfaced. That justified a search incident of his person. State v. Fleming, 2022-Ohio-1876, 2022 Ohio App. LEXIS 1749 (2d Dist. June 3, 2022). Plaintiff’s claim on appeal that probable cause … Continue reading

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