It's around midnight. You're driving home from the bar. You're just miles away from campus when you see the red lights flashing behind you. Did you swerve? Were you speeding? You rack your brain as you start to move over to the shoulder, putting your hazards on.
Think about all the private data you have in your phone. There are emails, text messages, photos, data stored in apps -- just to name a few. By just looking at someone's smartphone, you could get a pretty good idea of who someone is and how they like to spend their time.
Talking to police is intimidating. They can make you feel like you do not have any options when it comes to answering questions or allowing a search of your property. But this is not true. You have rights.
Across the U.S., many colleges are under the spotlight for claims of sexual assault. Not only is there concern over the frequency of these claims, but school administrators are facing increasing pressure when it comes to disciplinary actions. People want to see justice, and in many cases, the public is deciding the accuser is guilty before the case even makes its way through trial.
Think of how often you use technology. Even right now, reading this blog post, you are using some sort of device, be it your personal computer, work computer or smartphone. In 2017, technology is simply a way of life. We use Facebook to connect with friends and family, Spotify to listen to our favorite music and online banking apps to pay our bills. Due to this reliance on technology, it is important to know your legal rights when it comes to digital search warrants.
You know you're not supposed to drive with a suspended license, but you need to get somewhere and no one else can drive you. You decide to risk it, but get pulled over by a Maryland cop. What happens now?
It's normal for parents to be worried as their high school graduates prepare to go to college. There are many ways for a college student to get in trouble on a campus, which is why it's important to be aware of the common issues and potential consequences.
Colleges and universities have honor codes that prohibit many types of behavior, including underage drinking, drug use and certain types of sexual behavior, such as rape, inappropriate touching and nonconsensual sexual contact.
The Fourth Amendment in the U.S. Constitution that address search and seizure limits for police and other law enforcement. The amendment basically states that a person's home, business, or other property cannot be searched by police looking for evidence of a crime unless they can prove that there is probable cause that justifies such a search. If police believe there is probable cause, they should obtain a warrant, unless they are gathering evidence in a situation where the suspect cannot assume a reasonable expectation of privacy, for example, if they have a gun out in full view.
We've been discussing in our last couple posts the recent change in policy announced by the Department of Homeland Security concerning the use of cell site simulator devices. With the change in policy, investigators must now--at least in most cases--demonstrate to a judge that they will likely be able to gather evidence of criminal activity with the use of the device before they can actually go ahead and use them.