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Search of Home without warrant illegal

Posted by John P. Rutkowski | Oct 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

Criminal law -- Search and seizure -- Residence -- Exigent circumstances -- Deputies who were dispatched to investigate anonymous 911 call lacked objectively reasonable belief that exigent circumstances existed which justified immediate entry into residence without warrant -- Hunch that there may have been a “possible domestic dispute of some sort” was not sufficient -- Although woman who responded to knock on door had minor injuries on foot and leg, she gave plausible explanation for the injuries which deputies were able to corroborate, and there was no evidence that could lead officers to reasonably conclude that someone in residence was in distress -- Trial court erred in denying motion to suppress physical evidence derived from initial unlawful entry.

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John P. Rutkowski

Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-five years. Prior to going to law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a deputy sheriff before retiring to attend law school. Upon graduating law school Mr. Rutkowski served as a prosecutor in Florida before going in to private practice and representing clients in three states.


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