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Court Holds Passengers Not Required To Interact With Police
Police often use infraction traffic stops to interrogate passengers and seek to identify unrelated crimes. However, as a general proposition under Indiana law, citizens are not required to interact with police officers. If there is no reasonable suspicion that a passenger has committed an ordinance or infraction violation, the Indiana Court of Appeals has held that the passenger cannot be compelled to identify themselves or submit to interrogation.
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Resolution #1: Know Your Rights
The right to a jury trial is one of the must fundamental constitutional rights that you have. However, many people unknowingly waive this right because they do not timely hire a criminal defense lawyer. In Indiana, if you are charged with a misdemeanor offense, you must request a jury trial in writing at least 10 days prior to your initial trial date. If you fail to file a written jury trial demand, you waive your right to a jury trial.
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Pat Down Search Held Illegal After Traffic Stop
The Indiana Court of Appeals has overturned a man’s conviction for possession of marijuana due to an illegal pat down search. The man was stopped for driving a vehicle without a seat belt. The officer took the man’s identification and returned to his police car where he called for backup. A detective arrived on the scene and asked if he could speak to the driver about an ongoing investigation regarding a gang known to carry weapons.
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Never Waive Your Right to an Attorney
Crucial things can happen in the early stages of a criminal investigation. Understanding your legal rights, and exercising them, can sometimes mean the difference between acquittal and conviction. Many people suspected of criminal activity make a huge mistake by thinking that they can handle the matter themselves.
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