Blog Posts Tagged with 4th amendment

Clear your Plates

by: Matt Newburg

March 31, 2016 at 6:09 PM EDT

The Michigan Supreme Court has decided that your license plates need to be clear and cannot be obstructed by.....even a trailer hitch.  In a state partially bordered by water, the Michigan Supreme Court has officially warned everyone that if you tow a boat, jet skis, or even keep a trailer hitch on your vehicle and those things obstruct the view of your license plate, you can be pulled over by the police.  In People Dunbar, the Michigan Supreme Court overturned the...

Police ‘Knock-and-Talk’ Procedure Upheld by Michigan Appeals Court

by: Matt Newburg

December 8, 2015 at 8:50 PM EST

A “knock-and-talk” procedure used by law enforcement, which led to a search of the defendants’ homes and the seizure of marijuana butter, did not violate the defendants’ constitutional rights, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision.

In People v. Frederick and People v. Van Doorne, the defendants had medical marijuana cards and had obtained marijuana butter. When executing a search warrant at the defendants’ homes, narcotics officers knocked, waited a few...

East Lansing Voters Permit Possession of Marijuana

by: Matt Newburg

May 6, 2015 at 11:54 AM EDT

65% of East Lansing voters voted to legalizes the possession, use and transfer of up to an ounce of marijuana on private property as long as the individual is 21 years or older.  However, this is not a total "legalization" within the city limits.  It is still illegal to consuming marijuana in public and unless someone is complying with Michigan's Medical Marijuana Act, it is still illegal to deliver or transfer marijuana in East Lansing. 

This will undoubtedly...

Call off the Dogs: US Supreme Court Discusses K9 Use During Traffic Stops

by: Matt Newburg

April 22, 2015 at 11:45 AM EDT

An individual who has been pulled over for a traffic violation may not be detained by police longer than necessary for the officer to issue a ticket or warning for the alleged driving infraction.  That is according to the United States Supreme Court.

Shortly after midnight in March 2012, Officer Morgan Struble saw an SUV veer slowly onto the shoulder of the highway and then jerk back onto the road. The officer pulled the vehicle over and questioned the driver about why he swerved to...