✓ When never to pull over and stop especially if you’re driving really slow and there’s a State Trooper following you.
✓ Here, the circuit court found that the trooper activated his “take down” lights, being white lights to illuminate the area, and exited his vehicle. These actions would be seen by a defendant as a command to stay put…but what does the law say about it?
✓ The wrong way to shine a light at a driver.
✓ Do you know you your Mendenhall factors of coercion? How about your community caretaking test?
✓ Most people who appear to be in distress would welcome a genuine offer of police assistance. But permitting police to search or seize whenever they might be pursuing community-caretaking goals risks undermining constitutional protections. Inside we cover the two criteria a court must find to say the community caretaker exception applies.