Past Issues

Please note: Smith Rodgers tries to delete legal updates once they are no longer good law. However, we cannot guarantee that all of the items on this page have not been superceded by legal changes since the time that they were written. Care should be taken to ensure that the law has not changed before relying on a legal update written years ago.

2016 Legal Updates:

Half-Baked Ideas Connect the Dots Establishing the Reliability of a Tip The LEO's Role at the Polls Drug Transactions and Reasonable Suspicion A Quick Custodial Interrogation Update Too Drunk for Implied Consent State v. Pigford: Hold Your Nose 2016 Sausage Report, Part Two 2016 Sausage Report, Part One Birchfield v. North Dakota Two Odd Traffic Stop Cases Extending Traffic Stops, Part Two Extending Traffic Stops, Part One Blood From an Unconscious Defendant Blarin', Revvin', Screechin' & Fishtailin' as Reasonable Suspicion How To Tell When You're Not Welcome Strip Searches Can Get Hairy Trespass v. Eviction Refresher Bail Bondsmen in North Carolina CRITICAL 4th CIRCUIT TASER CASE memo

2015 Legal Updates:

The Value of Human Intelligence Protective Sweeps & Probation Maintaining a Dwelling for Keeping/Selling Controlled Substances The Right to Have a Parent Present Vehicle Search Based on Warrant For Home 2015 Sausage Report, Part Three (Show-ups, DNA Samples, and More) 2015 Sausage Report, Part Two (Traffic and Other Laws You Need to Know) 2015 Changes to Firearms Law 2015 Sausage Report, Part One (Sex, Drugs, Graffiti, and Theme Park Rides) Step By Step Through the Fourth Amendment Good Samaritan Law Gets Some Help Walking Away All Over Again State v. Leak The Mysterious BB Gun The Search of an Old-School GPS Device Rodriguez v. United States Searching for Alcohol Incident to Arrest Plain View Revisited Getting Video Into Evidence Notifying Parents When Child Misbehaves The "Ziploc" Defense at Checkpoints Vehicles That Try to Evade You The Law on Drones A Brief Look at RDO Charges

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2008 Legal Updates:

The Little Rascals: The Street Gang Suppression Act of 2008 Cardboard Castles: The Homeless and the 4th Amendment How To Get Out Of Going To Court Crack House Customer Stops: Reasonable suspicion Misdemeanor Arrests Drunks Drive The Best Cars: DWI Vehicle Seizures 10 Commandments of Testifying

Most Requested Legal Updates Pre-2008:

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