Articles Posted in Search and Seizure

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court today held that a state trooper properly relied on the allegation of an anonymous caller to stop a motorist suspected of an act of road rage and search his vehicle.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. ManhaContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday agreed with a superior court judge that the stop of a home invasion suspect, and a subsequent search of his backpack, was supported by reasonable suspicion and therefore constitutional.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. HilaireContinue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court yesterday upheld the heroin trafficking and school zone convictions against a man who was dealing heroin near an elementary school in Billerica.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. Polanco. Continue Reading

In a 4-3 decision delivered today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that when a driver gave his consent for a police officer to search “in the vehicle” for contraband, the consent to search did not extend to the area behind the air filter underneath the hood.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. OrtizContinue Reading

In a troubling decision issued today, the Massachusetts Appeals Court upheld a district court judge’s ruling that allowed a police officer to seize the defendant, later found to be carrying a gun, for no reason other than he was walking next to a man who was wanted for a prior shooting.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. RamirezContinue Reading

The Middlesex District Attorney’s Office was forced to dismiss drug dealing charges against Attorney Chris Spring’s client this week after a judge allowed Attorney Spring’s motion to suppress the seized heroin and cocaine. Continue Reading

Following a recent evidentiary hearing in Lowell District Court, a judge has ruled that Attorney Chris Spring’s client was subjected to an unconstitutional interrogation by Lowell police officers that led to the discovery of heroin.  Because of the officers’ improper conduct, the judge suppressed the drugs and the assistant district attorney was forced to dismiss the case. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled it was proper for police officers to question a man who was under investigation for his role as an alleged pimp about a hotel key found in his pocket when he was placed under arrest.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. BarbosaContinue Reading

A Lowell District Court judge today ruled a Billerica police officer violated Attorney Chris Spring’s client’s constitutional rights when he searched the defendant’s car without his consent.  As a result, the case against the defendant has been dismissed. Continue Reading

The Massachusetts Appeals Court today ruled that Springfield police officers lacked constitutional authority to search a car associated with an alleged drug dealer which resulted in the seizure of a large amount of heroin and a gun.  The name of the case is Commonwealth v. LunaContinue Reading