Category Archives: Illegal Search and Seizure

Search and Seizure in Michigan: Your Questions Answered (Part 2)

  In our previous article by the Kronzek Firm, we discussed exactly what a ‘search’ and what a ‘seizure’ are under Michigan law. We also looked at a few of the exceptions to the general rule when it comes to an officer needing a warrant to conduct a search. Now that we are all on […]

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Search and Seizure in Michigan: Your Questions Answered (Part 1)

  Before we can really break down the implications of search and seizure law, we need to make sure that you understand exactly what it is. Search and seizure laws are often misunderstood and in Michigan, are the source of a great deal of controversy. So before we start unpacking this highly charged subject, let’s […]

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Technology & Law Enforcement: When Does Help Become Harm?

  We live in an age of almost constant technological evolution. With every passing day, new software is developed. A new app is made available. A new technology hits the market. This constant changing and updating of technology has an enormous impact on criminal activity all over the world. This in turn has a direct […]

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FBI Guilty of Violating Fourth Amendment Rights?

Appeals Court Says No On Fourth Amendment Rights Violation Both federal and local law enforcement agencies regularly use cell-site records as evidence in court cases. In essence, cell-site data is simply using cellphone records to trace the exact cell tower that was used to make or receive a call, which then helps to determine a caller’s […]

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DNA: useful tool? or possible ball and chain?

Just a couple of weeks ago we wrote on the subject of Michigan’s new DNA laws, in which the state’s Supreme Court has ruled that anyone arrested for a serious crime can be swabbed for DNA samples by law enforcement, even if they are not yet charged with a crime. But the mere subject of […]

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Stop and Seize: Civil Forfeiture

Since 9/11, the federal government has recruited state and local police to look for suspicious individuals and drugs on America’s highways to stop funding for terrorism. Much to the chagrin of drivers, the resulting traffic stops from all this vigilance also yield a great deal of cash.  This is seized by aggressive police, although many […]

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Michigan Traffic Stop Ruling

Court of Appeals Reverses Lower Court In People v. Dunbar, during a police traffic stop, some contraband was found. In turn, the defendant moved to suppress the evidence on the basis that the stop violated his Fourth Amendment rights. The trial court denied the motion. However, the Court of Appeals granted the defendant’s application for […]

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