Case Conclusion Date: January 1, 2006
Practice Area: Criminal Defense
Outcome: conviction reversed
Description: Lindsay's employer was concerned for his mental health. The employer got a probate judge to sign a "pick up order" allowing Lindsay to be involuntarily committed and assessed for mental well-being. When a deputy picked up Lindsay, he searched his pockets before putting him in the police car, and then instead of taking Lindsay to a hospital as the order told him to do, he took him to jail because LIndsay had drugs in his pocket! Police officers cannot use a committal order to search someone's pockets for contraband! SUCCESSFULLY CHALLENGED CONVICTION ARISING FROM A WARRANTLESS SEARCH OF A MAN DETAINED PURSUANT COURT COMMITTAL COURT.