Category Archives: Fourth Amendment

If you answer a knock at the door of your home, and a police officer or other law enforcement agent is on your front steps, do you know your rights? Over the years, we have seen many people expose themselves … Continue reading

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Recently, a judge in the federal district court covering northern California and centered in San Francisco delivered a ruling that will reverberate around the nation’s legal community for some time on the topic of warrantless drug-related searches. While the decision … Continue reading

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Katz v. United States established a precedent in terms of the concept of “search,” providing that an individual in America (at least circa 1967) had the right to an expectation of privacy that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable, … Continue reading

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Although the Fourth Amendment prohibits “unreasonable searches” without a warrant, the courts have long held there is an exception for “reasonable” highway checkpoints where police may stop all cars in a designated area. In some cases, a motorist who intentionally … Continue reading

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