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

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

Obscured License Plate

Stopped for an Obscured Tag?

What is an Obscured Tag? Simply put, it is a traffic violation for having a license plate on your car which has something covering the numbers, letters registration sticker, or any of the writing on the plate – like the word “Florida”.  If the cops can’t see a portion of your plate, they can stop you.   Prior to this week, the meaning of the statute varied from court to court.  For example, some courts said … Read More

Running from the Police

As we all know, running from the police can be a bad idea.  Along with whatever charges the police might be chasing you for, they will usually send a dog after you which will find you and bite you.  If you’ve ever seen the bites from a police dog, you probably would never run.

Flight from law enforcement can be used as evidence of guilt in a trial.  It will almost always allow the police … 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