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Posted December 4, 2012 in Criminal Law Social Networks by | Criminal Law

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Fake Cell Phone Tower Used by Police for Warrantless Tracking

Did you know your cell phone can be tracked by the government, even when you’re not using it? Using a device called a Stingray, which acts like a fake cell phone tower, police can search large areas for a specific cell phone signal. It’s also able to gather data from other phones in the area. That violates the Fourth Amendment, say the Electronic Frontier Foundation and ACLU.

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Juror Faces Jail Time for Googling Defendant

Judges are struggling to control the flow of social media into their courtrooms. One Florida judge — burned by jurors who have caused mistrials and other court disruptions after ignoring orders not to talk about or research cases — may be sending a juror to jail. The judge discovered a juror in a capital murder trial had Googled the defendant on a break, violating a written order to not research or talk about the case. The judge kicked him out of the courthouse and told him to expect a jail sentence.

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Supreme Court Hears Cases on Drug-Sniffing Dogs

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments this fall in a pair of cases that could affect how police dogs are used to detect drugs in people’s homes and vehicles. The rulings, expected by next summer, could go a long way toward helping small-time users avoid the cold, wet nose of the law. The court decisions will provide important guidelines for how police use their dogs.

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Have a Criminal Law Question?

The criminal law forums should be one of your first stops if you’re grappling with a criminal legal problem or issue. Covering topics including traffic citations, DUI, juvenile crimes, misdemeanors and felonies, these forums are the place to ask questions and get answers before you hire a criminal lawyer.

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Police Can Test Your DNA Without a Warrant

Over the past decade, 26 states and the federal government have passed laws allowing mandatory DNA testing for anyone arrested for a felony — even individuals who are never charged or convicted. A number of states approve this procedure for certain misdemeanors, and sometimes even if the offender is a juvenile. The results are uploaded crime databases and then used to investigate unsolved crimes.

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