Case Conclusion Date: 07.07.2010
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: Reversed and Remanded
Description: The Circuit Court denied Defendant's motion to supress evidence, ruling that a police investigation of passengers in a parked car, where the offcier used a spotlight to "sweep" the vehicle, asked incriminating questions for several minutes, parked the police vehicle so as to physically isolate the parked car, and held the driver's identification, was not an encounter requiring constitutuional analysis. The Court of Special Appeals reversed, stating that such an encounter was worthy of 4th Amendment scrutiny, and that no basis had been demonstrated for the seizure of the passengers.