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June 2018 Archives

When airbags fail

Although safety technology in motor vehicles is relatively new, it may not take long before you take it for granted. You fasten your seatbelt instinctively and never give a thought to your anti-lock brakes. You may not even consider turn signals, headlights and door locks to be safety features. They are just part of the car.

Justices: Police need warrants to obtain cellphone location data

In what was considered a major victory for personal privacy advocates, the U.S. Supreme court has restricted law enforcement's ability to use cellphone location data in the course of criminal investigations. A 1979 precedent had given some the impression that this data could be obtained using a mere court order. The recent ruling makes clear that police ordinarily need a warrant for the information.

Supreme Court to review property seizures after drug arrests

Especially in cases involving drugs, state and federal governments have the authority to seize property that can be tied to illegal activity. These seizures are often performed before the owner has been tried and can be extremely difficult to reverse, even when the defendant is never convicted. How far can the government go with these seizures?

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for drunk driving, resisting officers

The plucky star of such hits as "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story," "Wedding Crashers" and "True Detective" was recently pulled over near Los Angeles and arrested for drunk driving, along with resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. An unidentified male passenger was also arrested, charged with obstruction and public intoxication.

Prescription drugs: Often beneficial, sometimes a problem

You may be one of many in Texas and beyond who often ponder the numerous benefits and great inventions we have in the modern world that were not available to those long ago. The development of prescription drugs has brought pain relief and healing for many who suffer infections, illnesses or chronic pain. If you've ever pulled a back muscle, your doctor may have prescribed an opioid to help relax your muscles and help you feel more comfortable while you recovered.  

Report: Growing number of opioid- or cannabis-positive drivers

With legalized cannabis taking center stage over the past decade, it may come as no surprise that the number of drivers thought to have marijuana in their systems has risen substantially. At the same time, increased opioid activity has also driven up the number of people thought to drive with opioids in their system, according to a recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

Supreme Court: Warrant required when police search your driveway

The Supreme Court has long ruled that homes and their associated premises deserve special protection from overzealous law enforcement searches. While police are generally required by the Fourth Amendment to get warrants before conducting searches, there are a wide variety of exceptions to that rule. When it comes to the home and what the courts call the home's "curtilage," however, courts scrutinize those exceptions carefully.

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