Privacy rights preserved- Reversing crabbed Virginia Supreme Ct. opinion
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Fairfax criminal lawyer celebrates SCOTUS’s keeping some teeth in the Fourth Amendment
Privacy rights are critical to criminal defense, including the essential Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures and against warrantless searches that require search warrants only issued upon probable cause. As a Fairfax criminal lawyer, I have achieved many victories on the basis of Fourth Amendment search and seizure challenges.
Virginia criminal lawyer on the United States Supreme Court’s preservation of key privacy rights
Despite fluctuations in Supreme Court personnel, numerous core civil liberties retain at least a basic level of SCOTUS protection over the decades (however, with numerous exceptions), including the Exclusionary Rule that remedies police Fourth Amendment violations by barring from trial the fruits of the evidence obtained in violation of a criminal defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights.
Fairfax criminal attorney on U.S. Supreme Court’s Fourth Amendment reversal of Virginia Supreme Court
Today, seven of nine U.S. Supreme Court justices made clear that the Virginia Supreme Court (in Collins v. Commonwealth, 292 Va. 486, 790 S.E.2d 611 (2016)) had gone too far in okaying (by allowing the automobile exception for warrantless searches of motor vehicles) a police entry on land of a private residence followed by removing the tarp covering of a motorcycle, where only the removal of the covering revealed the essential information to show that the motorcycle was stolen, saying in key part:
“This case presents the question whether the automobile exception to the Fourth Amendment permits a police officer, uninvited and without a warrant, to enter the curtilage of a home in order to search a vehicle parked therein. It does not. “Imagine a motorcycle parked inside the living room of a house, visible through a window to a passerby on the street. Imagine further that an officer has probable cause to believe that the motorcycle was involved in a traffic infraction. Can the officer, acting without a warrant, enter the house to search the motorcycle and confirm whether it is the right one? Surely not.” Collins v. Virginia, ___ U.S. ___ (May 29, 2018).
Collins is a great U.S. Supreme Court case.
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