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StingRays: Federal District Court Ruling on Warrantless Use of Locator Devices

Technology is evolving faster than ever before, with new applications in every area of life, including law enforcement. I wrote back in January about police use of GPS devices to track suspects. Often, the law struggles to keep up with technological… Read More
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Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Hope C. Lefeber Discusses Recent 3rd Circuit Case Ruling That A Person Has No Fourth Amendment Protection When Using Shared Wi-Fi

Last week was a busy week for the Fourth Amendment in the Courts of Appeal. On the same day that the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the Fourth Amendment covers data obtained from cell towers, the Third Circuit in U.S. v. Stanley ruled that the Fourth Am… Read More
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Federal Criminal Lawyer, Hope Lefeber, Discusses 11th Circuit Ruling Holding Cell Phone Tracking Unconstitutional

On June 11, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled that obtaining data from a cell phone tower without “probable cause” violated the Fourth Amendment. In U.S. v. Quartavious Davis, the Court of Appeals ruled that individuals h… Read More
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Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Whether Police Need Search Warrant for Cellphones

In a major test of how to interpret the Fourth Amendment and privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court heard arguments today about whether the police need warrants to search the cellphones of the people they arrest. The courts have long al… Read More
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Federal Criminal Attorney Hope Lefeber Comments on Supreme Court Decisions Affecting Fourth and Fifth Amendment Rights

The United States Supreme Court has limited a criminal defendant's ability to fight the pretrial restraint of assets in its decision in Kaley v. United States, 134 S. Ct. 1090 (2014). In addition, the Supreme Court has held that the consent of one oc… Read More
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Prosecutorial Misconduct

The U.S. Supreme Court has granted review in a murder case where Virginia prosecutors hid exculpatory evidence and defied a federal judge in a death-penalty case. This could be a pivotal moment for the enforcement of the “Brady Rule.” The case, W… Read More
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What Makes A Good Criminal Defense Trial Lawyer?

What Makes a Great Trial Lawyer? LawCrossing.com asked “What makes a great trial lawyer?” and Hope C. Lefeber weighed in. What are the two crucial traits to succeed in the courtroom? Lefeber says it’s passion and amazing communication skills. … Read More
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Fourth Amendment Violated By Houseguest's Consent to Search

In United States v. Omar Arreguin, 12-50484 (november 22, 2013), the Ninth Circuit held that Appellant’s Fourth Amendment rights had been violated when a houseguest gave agents permission to search. Appellant’s motion to suppress evidence… Read More
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