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Tag Archives: search and seizure

SCOTUS decides important case regarding vehicle searches, drug-sniffing dogs

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

The Supreme Court of the United States made headlines earlier this week when it handed down a decision regarding the use of drug-sniffing dogs by law enforcement officials during otherwise routine traffic stops. The case in question, Rodriguez v. U.S., originated in Nebraska back on March 27, 2012. Here, a police officer pulled a… Read More »

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SCOTUS: Traffic stops based on officer mistakes are permissible

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Do law enforcement officials violate the Fourth Amendment rights of motorists when they initiate a traffic stop based on a misunderstanding of vehicle traffic laws and uncover evidence of criminal activity during a subsequent search of the car they mistakenly pulled over? That was precisely the issue before the Supreme Court of the United… Read More »

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5 Maryland residents face drug charges

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Police say that five Anne Arundel County residents were taken into custody on drug charges during the month of June. The detainment followed the execution of two search warrants. On June 11, officials searched a home in Brooklyn Park around 10 p.m. The officers reportedly seized $734 and 10 heroin capsules. The 36-year-old woman… Read More »

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14 arrested in a neighborhood on drug trafficking charges

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

After the authorities executed numerous search and seizure warrants in a Baltimore neighborhood, 14 people were arrested. The Maryland authorities suspect these people of being a part of two separate drug trafficking organizations. This neighborhood has allegedly been targeted for illegal activities for several years. What led the authorities to suspect these residents in… Read More »

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Drunk driving: Unwarranted blood draws are an overstep

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

The current session of the U.S. Supreme Court has included multiple cases relevant to criminal defense. In addition to the drug-sniffing dog case, previously covered on this blog, the court made another decision that could impact some defendants in Maryland drunk driving cases. After being pulled over by police and failing field sobriety tests,… Read More »

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Baltimore man coerced into confession, guilty pleas vacated

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

In 2007, Baltimore police conducted a warranted search of a local man’s home. Their investigation turned up a handgun, crack cocaine and other drug paraphernalia. Based on this evidence, the man was arrested and later pled guilty to a multiple counts of drug charges. Three years after this case began, it was determined that… Read More »

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Supreme Court ruling limits warrantless drug sniffing

By Todd K. Mohink, PA |

Recent headlines have been dominated by news headlines coming from the U.S. Supreme Court. Although most of the attention has been given to oral arguments regarding same-sex marriage, readers in Maryland may also be interested in an important criminal law case that was just decided by the high court. The court’s ruling addresses the… Read More »

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