When the police use searches or surveillance techniques that raise Fourth Amendment concerns, and initial question that must be answered is: Did the person claiming the protection of the Fourth Amendment have a reasonable expectation of privacy that was invaded by the police actions?
Consider the following examples and explain whether you think the person has a reasonable expectation of privacy.
- A person who is a short-term guest at a friend’s home objects to a warrantless entry by the police into that home.
- Drug deals and other crimes sometimes take place in public restrooms. May the police look into a restroom stall to observe a crime being committed?
- Assuming the police may bring a dog to “sniff” a vehicle stopped for a routine traffic violation, can the police detain the vehicle and its passengers beyond the time needed to handle the traffic stop?
This individual work to be completed is an in-depth essay of 1-2 pages, free of spelling and grammar errors.
Your essay should include:
• The rationale used to address the question/issue posted
• A well-justified argument regarding this issue
Your response must:
• Be thought provoking
• Have well developed ideas and/or opinions
• Reference any material from the text, lecture, or other sources used to complete the assignment