Good decision. In State v. Budd, the WA Court of Appeals decided a law enforcement officer must properly deliver all three parts of the Ferrier warnings before entering a residence. Some background on Ferrier warnings is necessary. In State v. Ferrier, 136 Wn.2d 103, 960 P.2d 927 (1998) the WA Supreme Court held that, before entering a citizen’s … Continue reading State v. Budd: Ferrier Warnings Improperly Given
Interesting. In State v. Witherrite, the Court of Appeals decided that law enforcement officers need not give Ferrier warnings for car searches because an automobile should not be treated in the same manner as a home. A deputy sheriff stopped Ms. Witherrite for a traffic violation and had her perform field sobriety tests. The deputy then received … Continue reading State v. Witherrite: Ferrier Warnings Do Not Apply to Car Searches
In State v. Westvang, the WA Court of Appeals just decided that Ferrier Warnings (discussed below) are NOT necessary when police officers obtain consent to enter a home in order to execute an arrest warrant on a fugitive. Police were searching for a fugitive named Scott Miller, who had a warrant for his arrest. Officers received … Continue reading State v. Westvang: Ferrier Warnings, Arrest Warrants & Questionable Searches of a Home.
In State v. Chambers, the WA Court of Appeals decided (1) the police’s “protective sweep” of the defendant’s home was improper because the defendant was arrested outside his home and the officers did not have specific facts that other armed individuals might be inside the defendant’s home, and (2) the defendant’s 3.5 Motion to Suppress statements … Continue reading Protective Sweeps of Homes
In State v. Budd, the WA Supreme Court decided law enforcement officers must properly give Ferrier warnings before entering a residence. Good decision. Last year, I discussed how the WA Court of Appeals decided this matter in my blog titled, State v. Budd: Ferrier Warnings Improperly Given. Fortunately, the WA Supreme Court upheld the Court of Appeals’ decision. … Continue reading State v. Budd: WA Supreme Court Acknowledges Unlawful Search of Home.
SEARCH & SEIZURE: AN OVERVIEW Naturally, “unlawful possession” charges require evidence of illegal contraband. Officers obtain the contraband by searching people’s bodies, cars and/or homes. Consequently, the issues surrounding Search & Seizure are highly complex and multi-layered. This Legal Guide discusses basic issues regarding the search of persons, vehicles, cars and homes. These cases often … Continue reading Search & Seizure: Basic Issues Regarding Their Search For Weapons, Drugs, Firearms and Other Contraband
In State v. Lee, the WA Court of Appeals held that a passenger’s consent to a search of her purse was not spoiled by police conduct during the traffic stop. BACKGROUND FACTS Defendant Ms. Lee was the front seat passenger in a car driven by Mr. Peterman. Detective Tilleson initiated a traffic stop for two … Continue reading Car Stop & Purse Search