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  • Warrantless Search of Auto in PA Now Permitted
    Warrantless Search of Auto in PA Now Permitted

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court determines that an auto search no longer requires probable cause and warrant or exigent circumstances. Only probable cause is needed. On April 29, 2013, the Pennsylvania ...

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  • No If's And's or BUTTS
    No If's And's or BUTTS

    Police officer that witnessed defendant throw cigarette butt out of window did not have reasonable suspicion to stop the vehicle . In a rare case, a Berks County judge ruled that an officer did not ...

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  • Cameras Mounted on Buses May Be New Law Enforcement Weapon
    Cameras Mounted on Buses May Be New Law Enforcement Weapon

    HB 1580 introduced by PA Legislature would officially sanction the use of cameras mounted on bus swing arms in aid of catching violators. In a prior article, I had detailed the criminal penalty for ...

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  • Pre-textual Motor Vehicle Stops- Police Need and
    Pre-textual Motor Vehicle Stops- Police Need and "Objective Basis" to Stop

    Not all pre-textual searches are bad in PA. Police need an objective basis to stop the vehicle for a motor vehicle code violation. In , Commonwealth v. Mammana, 2012 Pa. Dist. & Cnty. Dec. LEXIS 87 ...

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  • Log Book Violations and Commercial Trucking
    Log Book Violations and Commercial Trucking

    The commercial trucking industry is a "highly-regulated industry" and provides an exception to the warrant requirement. In a Supreme Court decision, a police officer's warrantless search of a cab to ...

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  • The Requirements of Title 75 Pa.C.S. § 3325;
    The Requirements of Title 75 Pa.C.S. § 3325; "Duty of driver on approach of emergency vehicle"

    Pursuant to 75 Pa.C.S. Section 3325 (PA Motor Vehicle Code), ALL drivers must pull over and stop In a recent Superior Court decision, the Court held that ALL drivers have a duty to stop and pull to ...

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