Does the government actually have “probable cause” for a warrant?

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And one final set of sketches from my Criminal Procedure notebook — this time about whether the government actually has a valid warrant, based on their claim of “probable cause”. These two pages are one long flowchart that set out the conditions for valid probable cause. Build more legal knowledge, and study up on your rights around the police and … Read More

Was it legal that the police stopped (and frisked) you? #barexam law cartoon

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Some more criminal procedure notebook sketches — this time a short flowchart about whether it was legal that the police (or government agent) stopped you — and possibly frisked you. Here are the conditions that need to be met for stops-and-frisks to be legal under the Constitution (and case law that came from it). P.C. means ‘probable cause’ in my … Read More

Have the police truly ‘seized’ you? : #barexam cartoon

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Day 3 of criminal procedure law drawings: this one on the question of whether the police have really ‘stopped’ or ‘seized you’ — versus a more voluntary encounter where you are not really under their custody and you can leave. The rules that apply are different depending on how the encounter is characterized. Want to learn more about your rights … Read More

Can the Police Search Your Belongings? crim pro #barexam cartoon

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Another day, another sketch from my notebook on what a US resident’s rights are vis-a-vis government agents who are searching them. This one is about whether police/agents can search your things. Want more knowledge about your rights and criminal procedure? Play Law Dojo — available for your phone on Android or on iOS!