Arrest Warrant

Arrest Warrant – Do the police need a warrant to come into my house?

Do the police need an arrest warrant to come inside a house in order to arrest someone?  Most people think of warrants they think of search warrants where the police come into a house and search for drugs.  But what if the police come to a home to arrest a person?  Do they need a warrant?

Usually.  But there are exceptions which depend on the facts of your particular case.  If the police have … Read More

Cell Phone

Cell Phone Searches – When can the Police search my Phone?

Cell Phone Searches are common in all criminal cases today. If you are arrested, especially for a drug charge, the police will want to search your phone. Why?  Because they think they’ll find evidence of who you sell to or buy from.

But can they?  No.

In order to search your cell phone – UNLESS YOU GIVE CONSENT – the police must have a warrant.  Warrants are much easier for the police to get … Read More

Possession of Controlled Substance

Drug Trafficking

Drug Trafficking

When most people hear the words “Drug Trafficking” the immediate image that comes to mind is a shipment of crates, perhaps in the back of a small van, filled with hundreds of pounds of marijuana or cocaine.  Unfortunately, the crime is far more simple than that.  It really just has to do with the amount of drugs a person possesses.  In fact, it never has to be sold or transported anywhere.

In addition, … Read More

Stop and Frisk

Bad Stop – Shouldn’t the evidence be thrown out?

Bad Stop

Is it possible for police to make a bad stop of a person, but find out later that there is an outstanding arrest warrant, to have the evidence thrown out in court?  Maybe.

The police have long been allowed to stop a person if they have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.  IF the police have reason to believe you have committed, or are about to commit a crime, they can frisk you.  That’s … Read More

Drug Possession – Does Weight Matter?

 

In a Drug Possession case does the weight matter?What if the drug is “cut” with something else?

Drug Possession cases are complicated.  First, there’s the way the cops found the drugs and charged you with possession.  Then there’s the actual chemical testing of the drugs.  And the weight of the drug. Without getting too scientific – and at the risk of showing my ignorance in converting ounces to grams, this blog is an attempt … Read More

Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint

Traffic Stop for Dark Window Tint

Let’s say you just bought a used car and the police do a traffic stop for dark window tint. You never had the windows tinted, the car came like that. Or let’s say you recently had the windows tinted by a reputable tint dealer. Then, in the middle of the day, you’re driving and get pulled over for what you think is no reason. Somehow, (either because you give … Read More