Street Legal: The Court Affords Police Constitutional Carte Blanche
49 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2010 Last revised: 22 Jun 2010
Date Written: June 10, 2010
This article discusses the Supreme Court's landmark 2001 decision Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, upholding the authority of police to execute warrantless arrests for menial offenses (there, failure to wear a seatbelt) so long as police have probable cause to support such arrests.
Keywords: Fourth Amendment, arrest authority, menial offense, seat belt
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