INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUES LAW
Copyright 2001 - 2015 Edward S. Armstrong, Jr.
All law enforcement officers must confer with their training officers, legal advisors and prosecutors regarding the following legal issues. State law can be more restrictive (pro-defendant) than Federal law. Federal circuit courts of appeal often disagree with other Federal circuit courts on issues not yet decided by the United States Supreme Court. Also, lower courts (State and Federal) sometime disagree on what a Supreme Court decision means. The following statements are not to be taken as legal advice.
16. PLAIN SIGHT, SOUND, SMELL If Police are lawfully at a certain location, anything seen in plain view, heard, or smelled is legally seen, heard or smelled under the 4th Amendment.
LEGAL SEIZURE - However, to legally make a 4th Amendment seizure (of a person or physical evidence), Police must have reasonable suspicion to detain, probable cause to arrest, PC for plain view seizure, PC for exigency, a Search Warrant or Consent.
Taylor v. U.S., 52 S.Ct. 466 (1932)(Police located outside, saw contraband inside a garage. Police entered and seized the contraband. Illegal. Police needed a Warrant or Consent.
U.S. v. Ventresca, 85 S.Ct. 741(1965)(Police saw criminal activity and smelled fermented mash coming from a suspects premises. Police entered with a SW and legally seized the contraband).
PLAIN TOUCH If Police intend to touch a non-arrested or non-Terry stopped persons opaque container and manipulate it to feel its contents, Consent or a Search Warrant is first required, Bond v. U.S., 120 S.Ct. 1462 (2000).
17. KNOCK & TALK - 4th Amendment Police may ask Consent from a suspect to enter the suspects premises and talk with the suspect.
If the suspect consents, Police may enter without a warrant. If the suspect denies entry to his premises, Police may not enter without a Search Warrant.
U.S. v. Cephas, 254 F.3d 488 (4th Cir 2001), U.S. Jones, 239 F.3d 716 (5th Cir 2001), U.S. v. Cormier, 220 F.3d 1103 (9th Cir 2000), U.S. v. Tobin, 923 F.2d 1506 (11th Cir. 1991)(en banc).
a. Knock & Talk at apartment door, then exigent circumstances not caused by Police, entry without Warrant or Consent is lawful, Kentucky v. King (2011)
b. Knock & Talk at residence front porch with canine to smell odors for PC, not lawful without first obtaining Consent or a Warrant, Florida v. Jardines (2013)
c. Knock & Talk - if a physically present co-inhabitant of a residence, (husband suspect), does not give consent for Police to enter, Police may not enter under the Consent theory and use any evidence discovered against him, Georgia v. Randolph, 126 S.Ct. 1515 (2006)(wife gave consent)
d. Knock & Talk - physically present occupant (woman) may give Consent to enter and search, even where previously present occupant (male) denied Consent but was now in jail , Fernandez v. California (2014)
e. Knock & Talk - cites many cases and which doors Police approached, Carroll v. Carman (2014)(this is a civil case against Police).
However, Federal Police may not use Race or Ethnicity in making a decision to make routine traffic stops, Guidance Regarding the Use of Race by Federal Law Enforcement Agencies, U.S. Department of Justice, 2003.
For all Police, the U.S. Constitution prohibits selective enforcement of law based on considerations such as Race, Whren v. U.S., 116 S.Ct.1769 (1996).
a. Of Container - to determine the presence of contraband, e.g., illegal drugs, Police may use a trained canine to sniff the exterior of lawfully seized personal property, e.g., suitcase at airport, U.S. v. Place, 103 S.Ct. 2637 (1983); if PC exists illegal drugs are inside, a SW or Consent is required to search the container.
b. Of Vehicle in Public - to use a trained canine to sniff a vehicles exterior for contraband during a lawful traffic stop no Consent or Warrant is required, Illinois v. Caballes, 125 S.Ct 834 (2005); if PC exists contraband, e.g., illegal drugs, are inside - no SW or Consent is required before searching the vehicle.
c. Of Residence front porch - to use a trained
canine to sniff for contraband odors on a person's front
porch requires prior use of Consent or a Search Warrant,
Florida v. Jardines (2013)
If a probationer is knowingly subject to a full search condition, Police may conduct a warrantless search of the suspects premises based on reasonable suspicion, U.S. v. Knights, 122 S.Ct. 587 (2001).
If a parolee is knowingly subject to a full search
condition, Police may search him without RS or PC, Samson
v. California, 126 S.Ct. 2193 (2006).
a. If the private person discovers criminal evidence he may give it to Police and the evidence may be used at Trial..
b. However, Police may only examine that part of a
container, file, film, CD or computer record the private person observed. Police must have a SW or the suspects Consent to search the evidence/property further than the private person did, U.S. v. Jacobsen, 104 S.Ct. 1652 (1984).