Search and seizure issues may arise in most any kind of criminal investigation. People in eastern North Carolina may understand that the Constitution places limitations on the government’s authority to conduct a search, or to detain a person. The idea of warrantless searches and stop-and-frisk-type seizures has been on the public radar in many ways in recent times. In relation to drunk driving cases, the ideas of unlawful searches and seizures continue to make waves as well.
Our Greenville area readers may know that law enforcement agencies across the state frequently use sobriety checkpoints. Most states allow these kinds of operations to enforce driving while impaired laws. The United States Supreme Court has previously ruled that DWI checkpoints are not unconstitutional per se. But the high court suggested that to maintain constitutional integrity, safeguards should be in place to protect the rights of people.