In Idaho can a police officer make a traffic stop for any reason he wants?

Technically? No.  Practically?  Pretty much. For a police officer to stop your vehicle, he or she must have a reasonable articulable suspicion that criminal activity is afoot.  Absent such reasonable articulable suspicion, the officer must not stop your car. If he or she does it is an unlawful stop. Any court will suppress any evidence […]

Arrested and Not Read My Rights!

…The person in custody must, prior to interrogation, be clearly informed that he/she has the right to remain silent, and that anything the person says will be used against that person in court; the person must be clearly informed that he/she has the right to consult with an attorney and to have that attorney present […]

When can the police come into my home?

For those who follow my blog, you may get the sense that I am less than enthusiastic about the status of our rights in the United States today.  Many of the laws and principles that secured our rights in the past have been eroded away by exceptions to laws that are designed to protect those […]

Never speak to the police!

I’ve graduated from just regular blogging to full blown video blogging!  From time to time when I get a chance I’ll try to do more of these legal video blogs.  Check in this week as I answer questions related to speaking to the police when you’ve been accused of a crime, a suspect in a […]

When can a police officer search (i.e. frisk) me?

In my last blog post I addressed the issue of when a police officer can stop your car.  As part of my “when can a police officer (fill in the blank)” series, today I am addressing the issue of when a police officer can search your person, or as it’s more crudely referred to as, […]

When can a police officer search my car?

For those of you who read my “When can an Idaho police officer (fill in the blank)” blog post, you will recall that I made a list of questions about what it is exactly that the police can do.  One of those questions was “When can a police officer search my car?” For those of […]