Police nationwide may not delay drivers longer than it takes to conduct the usual business of a traffic stop unless they have reasonable suspicion that the vehicle might contain illegal contraband, according to a new U.S. Supreme Court decision. Defense lawyers will now be able to challenge the lack of reasonable suspicion if police held a driver on a mere hunch or based on some form of criminal profile.
Americans’ Fourth Amendment right “to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” ranks among the most zealously protected freedoms we enjoy in the United States. Yet an ever-growing list of exceptions appears to erode those fundamental freedoms. Lawmakers in both Oklahoma and Tennessee recently voted to stop some […]