Reasonable Under The Circumstances

The Fourth Amendment protects citizens against unlawful and arbitrary searches and seizures. However, not every search or seizure conducted by law enforcement requires a lawful search warrant.


To Ruse Or Not To Ruse

It is no secret that detectives have an insatiable appetite to procure a confession from a suspect. Most would tell you it is a great and satisfying result of their tedious efforts besides a token to their communication skills when successful. One of the most controversial police procedures is the use of trickery by law […]


In Search of Concealed Evidence Using Warrants: The Detectives

The station parking lot was usually the operational staging point of executing search warrants at my department. Police convoys aligned the nearby streets circling the Hall of Justice and stuffed the empty spaces in the lot: multi-agencies in marked and unmarked units, officers clad in raid vests and uniforms, long guns prepared for tactical purposes. […]


Protecting Against Unlawful Interrogations: From The Cop Side

While viewing your favorite police show on television, have you ever followed an episode in which the police advised a suspect of their rights? Did it seem like the scene was placed for dramatic effect or was it a proper segue into an advisement of rights? Do you understand in which situations a peace officer […]

Media Depictions of Working in Criminal Justice Versus Reality

The field of criminal justice has experienced a large amount of interest in the last decade, partly because of how the media depicts the profession. The influx of interested individuals pursuing a criminal justice degree is great for generating to interest, but distorts what to expect on the job or in the field. It’s easy […]

Top 50 Criminal Defense Blogs

Whether you are the victim, family member, or alleged perpetrator, chances are you are going to encounter the criminal defense system at some time in your life. However, hiring a lawyer is more expensive than ever. Why not save yourself a few hours of research and a few thousand dollars by checking out a blog? […]