Case Conclusion Date:May 2, 1989
Practice Area:Criminal Defense
Outcome:Case against defendant dismissed
Description:Police claim they found felony amount of marijuana in defendant's car after they stopped and arrested defendant for traffic violations. Defendant won motion to suppress because trial court agreed the search was illegal. Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that police don't have the automatic right to search in this situation unless they had a need to conduct an inventory search pursuant to impound of vehicle.