Inconsequential “Clues” Considered Together May Amount to Reasonable Suspicion of Criminal Activity

By: Wallin & Klarich

Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney to Defend Your Rights

During the course of an ordinary traffic stop, an officer may detect clues of an illegal drug crime in California. These clues, while seemingly inconsequential, when considered in the aggregate, may provide the additional reasonable suspicion required to detain an individual for further investigation.

Generally, no single factor will justify further detention. Each individual factor, considered separately, may well have an innocent explanation, but still suggest illegal activity in the aggregate. United States v. Arvizu, 534 U.S. 266 (2002).

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