Street Legal: The Court Affords Police Constitutional Carte Blanche

49 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2010 Last revised: 22 Jun 2010

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Wayne A. Logan

Florida State University - College of Law

Date Written: June 10, 2010

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Logan, Wayne A., Street Legal: The Court Affords Police Constitutional Carte Blanche (June 10, 2010). Indiana Law Journal, Vol. 77, 2002, FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1623491

Wayne A. Logan (Contact Author)

Florida State University - College of Law ( email )

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United States

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