Over the years, the use of no-knock warrants has grown exponentially. With a regular warrant, police are required to knock and announce their presence before entering a private building. No-knock warrants allow police to immediately make forcible entry. Because of this, their expanded use has been hotly contested.
The charge of resisting arrest has received increased attention in recent years due to multiple controversial encounters between police and citizens, such as the Freddie Gray case. But what exactly does "resisting arrest" mean, and are there ways to avoid the charges?
Traffic-stop confrontations between police and motorists have made the news on a regular basis in recent years, leading to serious discussions about drivers' rights. Many experts advise drivers to comply first and complain later, but when it comes to passengers, what's expected? Do those riding in a vehicle that gets pulled over face the same requirements as those behind the wheel?
If you find yourself stopped by law enforcement, do you have to identify yourself? U.S. citizens have constitutional rights regarding questioning and detainment, and it's important to understand how they work.
In recent years, bystanders have recorded several controversial incidents between police officers and citizens with their smartphone cameras. These encounters have occurred all over the U.S., and the power of social media has allowed them to spread quickly and gain ground in the national spotlight.
As riots terror through the U.S. in response to apparent injustice and police treatment inequality, new legal and constitutional issues arise. To combat the perception of misconduct, the use of police body cameras is beginning to gain tremendous traction across the country. The concept is easy: if police record their interactions with citizens, police will be more inclined to act justly and citizens will be more inclined to treat police with respect. That is, if both parties know their interaction is being recorded, there is less chance either will act inappropriately. In theory at least.
It is common practice for police to use driving tickets as a pretext to search motorists' cars. The typical scenario includes the officer asking permission to search the vehicle but often times police just search anyways if the motorist is acting strange (in the officer's eyes). Commonly, the officer will use police dogs to sniff and find whatever is hidden in the car. Skilled officers will prolong the ticket writing to give the dog enough time to sniff (search) the car.
The process from an arrest to your initial appearance in court can seem to last a long time, especially if you are the defendant facing criminal charges. A seasoned Fresno criminal defense lawyer can fight for your rights and mount an effective defense so that your interests are protected.
I wish I could say the following story comes as a surprise but being a criminal defense attorney has shown me, if nothing else, just how brutal police can be when performing "routine" traffic stops. I say "routine" because that is how they are referred to but in reality there is nothing routine about what occurs during the course of many such stops.
I recently read an article from the New York Daily News that approximately sixty (60) New York Police Department police officers would begin to wear body cameras while on duty.
The pilot program evidently is intended to help de-escalate would be confrontations between police and citizens.