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Archive: Month: July 2018

Can police search without a warrant?

Most New Yorkers are aware that police cannot search homes or persons without a warrant. However, you may be surprised to learn that a search warrant is not always required. If a police officer asks to search your property, how do you know if you have a right to privacy or

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You are entitled to be treated civilly, even if you are under arrest

New York City is one of the centers of modern civilization, and I am proud that I am here. However, we also know that the level of civility differs by neighborhood, especially, alas, in the way in which police officers sometimes exceed their authority to use force. If you have lived

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What you should know about the plain view doctrine

The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution places strict prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizures of your property, so if a New York City police officer wants to search your vehicle, the officer must meet specific conditions, such as possessing a search warrant, or if the officer has probable cause to

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