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Finally! A U.S. Supreme Court decision that doesn’t chip away at our Fourth Amendment rights. The Supreme Court voted 8-1 earlier this year to prevent law enforcement from searching motor vehicles parked close to a suspect’s home without a search warrant. The decision involved a case out of Virginia where a suspect had eluded officers twice on a motorcycle reaching speeds of 140 mph. In Collins v. Virginia, an officer later spotted what appeared to…

I’ve listened to numerous clients attempt to explain how the police can’t charge them with possession because they didn’t have anything illegal on them at the time of arrest. Maybe the person happened to be in a friend’s house when law enforcement showed up to conduct a parole search. Perhaps he was a passenger in a vehicle during a traffic stop where the officer smelled marijuana. If the officer conducts a search and finds illegal…

Look around the next time you’re at a stop light. How many other drivers are “intexticated’ while waiting for the light to change? Distracted drivers have overtaken the nation’s streets and highways and it’s only become worse since the smart phone hit the market. Many of us remember a time when returning a message meant you would wait until you arrived home to see that blinking light on the answering machine. In this modern age…

Until early 2017, Arkansas was one of a few states which allowed you to have an open beer or liquor bottle in your car while driving around. Last year, Arkansas joined 43 other states who make it illegal to drive or ride with an open cerveza in your cup holder. This includes beer bottles, cans, flasks, and anything else used to contain alcohol. According to the US Department of Transportation this should include any alcohol…

                

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