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Search and Seizure (Traffic Stops and Statutory Jurisdiction): State v. Brown

Question: Can officers make stops for minor misdemeanor traffic offenses outside of their statutory jurisdiction or authority?


Search and Seizure (Hotel Guest Registries): City of Los Angeles v. Patel

Question: Does a municipal code that allows police to inspect hotel guest records on demand violate the Fourth Amendment? 


Search and Seizure (Personal Knowledge and Reasonable Suspicion): State v. Freeman

Question: Must an officer personally observe a traffic violation in order to have reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle?   


Search and Seizure (Consensual Encounters, Warrant Checks): State v. Tabler

Question: Can a consensual encounter become a seizure when an officer retains identification information and conducts a warrant check?