Criminal Defense lawyers want to educate public on drones

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Drones are considered efficient tools for law enforcement, but a third of Americans worry that their privacy will suffer if the unmanned devices are used regularly in U.S. skies, according to a poll. Congress has directed the Federal Aviation Administration to come up with safety regulations to clear the way for routine domestic use of the aircraft within three years. (Vanguard Defense Industries via Associated Press)

Criminal defense attorneys are obviously concerned how this new law enforcement policy will be used to conduct warrantless searches and undermine every American’s privacy rights.

#dontbeastatistic

http://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/30/defense-lawyers-want-educate-public-drones/

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Exercising Your Rights During Traffic Stop

Listen to the exchange between the officer and the rider at :45 to 1:04; it’s a simple, effective way to exercise your right to remain silent. Listen also to the officer’s response. He attempts to scare the rider into submission.

Be polite. Be firm. Exercise your right to remain silent.

Watch video here:
exercising your rights during traffic stop

Police GPS Tracking Okay’d

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit says criminals can’t “complain” when police use a device’s features to catch them.

The device feature the police used was the GPS on Skinner’s cell phone.

Read more here: US v. Skinner

Lying Liars and the Lies They Tell

Unfortunately, this happens far too frequently but oftentimes there is no record of the police interaction with the defendant. It comes down to a citizen’s word against the police. He said, she said…

Police departments like it that way. Many police departments use dashcams, but destroy the videos after 30 days. Ask yourself how that policy is justified in this technological era with digital video and harddrives with 1 terabyte or more; not to mention easy-to-use thumbdrives with 50+ GB of storage space. It’s not like the old VHS days…

Sometimes the video is “lost” or has video but no audio. Some police departments, like Taylor, MI, have started removing their dashcams from their patrol vehicles. They claim cost drives the decision, but perhaps it has more to do with the fact that video/recordings tell no lies.