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Lucinda F. Boyd's Blog – September 2014 Archive (3)

Police at my door: what should I do?

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Don’t be intimidated by police at your door. These rules will help protect your rights and improve your odds of avoiding a home search.

No Warrant, No Search!

The Supreme Court has ruled that the home is entitled to maximum search protection. Even if they have probable cause to believe something illegal is going on inside your home, the 4th Amendment requires police to get a signed…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 14, 2014 at 4:04pm — 1 Comment

When can police search your car?

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While police generally need a warrant to search you or your property — during a traffic stop, police only need probable cause to legally search your vehicle. Probable cause means police must have some facts or evidence to believe you’re involved in criminal activity.

In other words, an officer’s hunch without evidence of illegal activity is not enough to legally search your car. Before…

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Added by Lucinda F. Boyd on September 14, 2014 at 3:55pm — 1 Comment

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