Our office often receives phone calls from recently arrested folks who believe their constitutional rights have been violated. There are many contexts of this happening, but one common fact pattern is when police conduct an unannounced probation or parole search (often called a raid). Our client often is present and arrested for some violation (for example possession of drugs or unlawful possession of a firearm) and protests that since he or she was not on probation or parole, the “fruits” of the arrest should be suppressed (inadmissible as evidence).
The client is often outraged, commenting, “the police just ran in, arrested me and the guy they were looking for was not even there. He moved out months ago.”
This seemingly exact scenario played out recently in Riverside. Riverside Police Detective Kevin Townsend was trying to find probationer George Rousell. The exact reason why was not disclosed. Townsend found utility bills and telephone bills that led him to a particular apartment.
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