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  • pre-textual Stops and the New Ban on Cell Phones in PA
    pre-textual Stops and the New Ban on Cell Phones in PA

    Police have a new weapon in the war on drugs, drunk driving...distracted driving Police will undoubtedly be citing folks for texting while driving, which will take effect in March 2012. This is a ...

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  • Can I Be Cited in PA for Not Speaking 'Sufficient' English
    Can I Be Cited in PA for Not Speaking 'Sufficient' English

    Most states provide driver's license testing in other languages, such as FL . Under 49 CFR 391.11(b)(2), General qualifications of drivers, there is a prohibition that a person shall not drive a CMV ...

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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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