In our last post, we began speaking about the issue of illegal stops in light of an article discussing what appears to have been shoddy police work, at least from the testimony of the man who was arrested. It would be interesting to see how the officer in the case would react to the accusation that he acted improperly in conducting the investigation. As readers know, police officers don’t always have the same perception of events as those they arrest or as bystanders.
The legality of stops, searches and seizures is a potentially important issue in criminal defense cases. Given the recent national scrutiny on the work of police officers, it is important for every U.S. citizen to understand their rights when it comes to criminal investigations. Police are certainly not infallible, and educating oneself can help one to have a better sense of when an officer may be engaging in illegal behavior.
Earlier this month, a new drunk driving law went into effect which will presumably help the state keep roadways safer. The law requires all drunk drivers to install ignition interlock devices on vehicles they drive. The requirement applies also to first-time offenders who have a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more.
In our last post, we wrote about a recent case near San Antonio in which an unarmed man was shot to death by two police officers after seemingly surrendering. As we noted, there is no video footage of the seconds immediately preceding the fatal shots and the case is currently under investigation.
Law enforcement agencies say that domestic violence calls are among the most risky jobs they deal with. Officers are aware of this fact and are prepared to deal with the worst when responding to domestic violence incidents. Unfortunately, the way police officers handle these potentially dangerous incidents can result in unnecessary casualties.