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Rap artist, Tierra Whack, charged with disorderly conduct for alleged loaded handgun in Philadelphia’s airport – How serious is it?
Recently, Tierra Whack (aka Tierra Whack-Welton), a well- known rap music artist from Philadelphia was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after airport security discovered a loaded handgun during a security screening.
Racial profiling is an issue which a criminal defense attorney may sometimes need to address if he or she is representing a member of a minority group such as African American, Hispanic, Asian, or a Native American person.
What is inevitable discovery and why is it important if police don’t have probable cause for a search?
Inevitable Discovery is an exception to the illegal search and seizure rule in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Does your 5th Amendment Right (self-incrimination) and 4th Amendment Right (illegal search and seizure) apply to your Smartphone’s passcodes and passwords?
Electronic devices, unlike a home or storage locker, have non-physical barriers which require a specific code that is usually only within the knowledge of the accused person.
Here are some common questions and phrases police officers ask to investigate and collect information which could lead to a vehicle search or a search warrant:
We always tell readers and clients to respect police and law enforcement but to never give consent to search their vehicle, their home or property. In addition to not giving consent to search, a person should never speak to police without a lawyer present.
Drug Dog Searches & Narcotics – When can police use them at a traffic stop in Pennsylvania and New Jersey?
Police in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are now using drug dogs more frequently during traffic stops to determine or confirm suspicions of illegal narcotics within a vehicle.
How a Police Traffic Stop for a Bad Taillight Can Ruin More Than Just Your Weekend in Pennsylvania or New Jersey
The purpose of the inspection requirement in states like Pennsylvania and New Jersey is to ensure the car’s safety for the road.
The smell of Marijuana isn’t enough to search a car in Pennsylvania but the Supreme Court says police can still use it.
Recently, in its decision in the matter of Commonwealth v. Barr, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the smell of marijuana can be a factor police use to justify a search without a warrant but can’t be the sole basis for it According to the Court’s decision, “The odor of marijuana alone does not amount […]