By Paul Punturieri. "A local blog with news, events and things that matter to all citizens of Moultonboro"
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All lives matter. Thoughts and prayers to the families and for the wounded officers for a speedy recovery.
While police have difficult job, not always does resentment arise from unreality. Read the post from a bar association report by a defense lawyer.Reply-To: Discussion Group for Criminal Defense Lawyers of NH Getting to be a problem for group action? Client recently stopped in the Driving While Young Zone (followed from the Hampton Tolls to Exit 3 - Greenland). Excuse for stop - 61 in a 55. Stop extended because kid refuses search. Usual "I smell weed," with all the threatening trimmings. Client still refuses, but says others use the car (belongs to a relative) and says he has no idea what's in it, but will not agree to any search. Wait for dog. Dog supposedly "alerts." Car seized. Client not allowed to have cell phone or wallet (Trooper generously retrieves license). They leave kid on the road and tell him they'll get a warrant, maybe sometime next week. Only justification for stop: 6 miles over. Only justification for extended stop: odor. No search on scene. No arrest. This happens a lot nowadays, especially in that area. Funny thing is, two of you just recently expressed the opinion to me (while we waited in court) that you wouldn't trust a thing this trooper says, ever. We weren't talking about him and these were two separate volunteered opinions.Aside from that, I wonder whether it might be time for some coordinated action on this pattern of warrantless seizures.
These incidents do happen to be sure, but maybe the driver in this case was smoking pot or had some in the vehicle. It is possible that the trooper did smell weed?On the other side of this, law enforcement can never be sure what may spring out of a stopped vehicle and then become yet another statistic. It's a dangerous world out there so let's give our law enforcement the credit they deserve for putting it on the line every day.
"Only justification for stop: 6 miles over. Only justification for extended stop: odor. No search on scene. No arrest.This happens a lot nowadays, especially in that area."Happens a lot! Why? Same Cop? Multiple arrests, after the fact? Any unlawful search and seizure lawsuits?Why doesn't the lawyer advise his clients, not to give the cops a reason to stop them, and follow the speed limit to a T.Exit 3, (I-93), for the Pease Airport area or the truck stop? Of course cops are going to be watching that area! Know the area fairly well. Remember the Greenland police chief killed a few years back, by a drug dealer/user?
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