Category Archives: Fourth Amendment

Common Myths About Minnesota Search Warrants
Common Myths About Minnesota Search Warrants
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Whenever a police officer asks to search your home or vehicle, you have two options: voluntarily consent to a search or refuse to comply unless the police have a search warrant. Telling the cops to “come back with a warrant” is not only your right but usually – if not always – a smart idea.


What is a search warrant and how do they work in Minnesota? Most people understand that a search warrant is a court-authorized document

Police Cannot Extend Traffic Stops to Wait for Drug Dogs
Police Cannot Extend Traffic Stops to Wait for Drug Dogs
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On April 21, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police cannot extend a person’s detention, during a normal traffic stop, while they look for evidence of crimes unrelated to the offense that prompted the initial stop.


In Rodriguez v. United States, a driver was pulled over by police for driving on the highway shoulder. Police then made the driver wait 10 minutes for backup officers to arrive with a drug-sniffing dog to search for drugs. Once the

Can Police Search Your Trash Without a Warrant?
Can Police Search Your Trash Without a Warrant?
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On March 11, 2015, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided there is no expectation of privacy for trash or garbage placed on the curb or in an alley for collection. The police can lawfully search your trash or garbage without a warrant.


The case is State of Minnesota vs. David Ford McMurray. Police received a tip that David McMurray had drugs in his home. When McMurray left his garbage on his curb for pickup, police had the garbage collector



With offices in Minneapolis and Stillwater, Minnesota, Keyser Law, P.A. handles cases throughout the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area including:




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