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CJ 433- Evidence, Search, and Seizure- Week 4

by: Chelsey Smith

CJ 433- Evidence, Search, and Seizure- Week 4 CJ 433

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These notes cover obtaining evidence and the protection of the 4th Amendment. This includes explaining searches, seizures, the elements of each, expectations of privacy, and when a warrant is requi...
Evidence Search & Seizure
Robert Whitacre
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Criminal Justice, Evidence, search, Seizure, warrant, Privacy
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Date Created: 09/15/16
CJ 443- Evidence, Search, and Seizure September 14, 2016 Chapter 5- Obtaining Evidence & the 4 Amendment  Protection of people’s reasonable expectation of privacy  Searches ◦ When does a search occur?  Whether presumed search is governmental- not a private enterprise 1. Example: department store shop lifter is stopped by security guard and searches through their belongings- because the guard was private it is not considered a search  Does the person have a reasonable expectation of privacy? 1. Katz v US- cops but a bug in a phone booth and recorded suspect discussing illegal/incriminating information- he did not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in a public phone booth so the evidence was upheld  Legitimate expectation of privacy  4 Varieties of Cases Dealing with Expectation of Privacy ◦ Double agents/ spies- when entering into a voluntary conversation with the suspect where the agent was invited to be the evidence is upheld ◦ Physical characteristics- face, hair color, hand writing, sound of voice (are all available for public inspection)- breath, blood, urine (actual privacy expected) ◦ Open Fields v Curtilage  Curtilage- an area extended into the intimate activity of sanctity of home (ex: screened porch)  Open Field- area not used for private activities- (ex: greenhouse, shed) th  Open fields are not protected by the 4 but curtilage is protected  Factors that affect whether a structure is a curtilage or open field 1. Proximity to the area of house 2. Whether there is a fence 3. Nature of use 4. Steps taken by property owner to shield others form seeing ◦ Sensory Enhancement Devices  Factors 1. Nature of the Place Surveilled- US v Yatz 1954 placed a beeper in drug container at a public area, suspect put the container into vehicle and tracked it back to the home of suspect- upheld 2. Lawfulness of Vantage Point 3. Availability of Sophisticated Technology 4. Extent to which Technology Replaces the Senses o Ex: drug dog (needs a warrant), flashlight (no warrant necessary) 5. Nature of Activity Surveilled 6. Care Taken to Ensure Privacy  Possession ◦ Actual Ownership- physical control of object ◦ Constructive Ownership- exercise dominion or control of (ex: all individuals in a car are charged with drug possession)  Seizures ◦ Dose a reasonable person believe he is not free to leave? -then they’re being seized  Terry v Ohio- suspicious activity around jewelry store where persons were attempting to case it, an officer gave the men a pat down and found a gun on each- this was upheld because the officer had probable cause and articulable facts to support his decision ◦ 3 Levels of Justification for a seizure 1. Probable cause- various sources 2. Reasonable suspicion based on totality of circumstances 3. Administrative- the initial mission was not to discover evidence- ex: firefighters checking business is up to safety code ◦ Administrative Searches Can Be Limited  Must conform to established procedures  Cannot be geared toward the discovery of evidence  Cannot be used as a pretext for finding contraband ◦ 3 Elements (Requirements) of a Search  Neutral and detached magistrate  Set forth probable cause  Must conform to particularity requirement- what place is being searched? Or what persons are being searched/seized?  Stop- only requires reasonable suspicion  Arrest- requires probable cause- they are actually detained and not free to leave  2 Factors to Distinguish Stops v Arrests ◦ Duration of the stop- not free to leave and cop articulates probable cause ◦ Degree of intrusion- Terry v Ohio- patting down versus pulling out pockets  When is an arrest warrant required? ◦ Homes- unless officers are in hot pursuit of suspect ◦ Homes of third parties  Executing an arrest warrant ◦ Knock and Announce Requirement  Exceptions: dangerous or futile to knock and announce- suspect could destroy evidence or easily conceal it- others are within eminent peril of bodily harm- cop waves as they’re approaching home ◦ Property Damage- ex: Former Jackson Mayor Frank Melton created excessive damage in an arrest- must be minimal and necessary ◦ Deadly Force- only authorized when felony, no hostages, prevent suspect from leaving and hurting others ◦ Wrongful Arrests- Hill v CA illegal contraband in plain view during clerical error arrest- upheld- not excluded  Executing Search Warrants ◦ Time constraints- judges can limit time of day warrant can take place- prompt ◦ Scope and manner of search ◦ Procedure after the search warrant- inventory of search evidence


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