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Legality Of Stop And Search Of A Vehicle (Part 2)

For the “exclusionary rule” to apply, the search and seizure must have been conducted by a peace officer or other “state agent.” Evidence discovered by a non peace officer or private citizen does not fall within the protections of the exclusionary rule, and need not necessarily be suppressed.

A fact intensive analysis of the surrounding circumstances is important when determining whether the “private citizen” was acting at the order or discretion of a peace officer. In certain circumstances, a private citizen may be seen as an agent of the police, satisfying the “state action” requirement.

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Read more on this topic in our blog tomorrow.

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