2020 Editions

COMPLETE WINTER 2020 EDITION

Correction; In the Recent Case report on People v. Lee we said that probable cause to search a vehicle for drugs would exist only if officers had probable cause to believe the drugs were possessed for sale. This applies only if, as in Lee, the drug was marijuana and the officers did not have probable cause to believe it was possessed in violation of California law; e.g., they did not have probable cause to believe that the amount exceeded one ounce, or that the marijuana was not in a closed container, or that someone in the vehicle had been smoking it. As always, probable cause to search for drugs that are per se illegal to possess (e.g., heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine) may exist regardless of whether there was reason to believe that the drugs were possessed for sale.