Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Appeals courts reel in community caretaker function, clarify law for vehicle searches

From the State Bar of Wisconsin:
Two recent Fourth Amendment cases clarify the law relating to warrantless searches of a home and vehicle. One case deals with the community caretaker exception that allows police to enter a home without a warrant if they believe someone is in need of assistance. The other case deals with vehicle searches in light of a U.S. Supreme Court case restricting police authority.

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