Police Now Need a Warrant to Search Cellphones

June 27, 2014

It only took until 2014, but the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided just this past Wednesday, June 25th, that police officers must get a warrant before searching the cellphones of people they arrest.

As a criminal defense attorney who has represented several clients whose cellphone has been a real issue in the case, I am very pleased to see the highest court in the land doing what they can to keep up with the ever-changing times.  The 4th Amendment right against unlawful search & seizure has, in my opinion, been significantly eroded over the past few years/decades.  A step toward reinstating and protecting the rights of citizens and the innocent was definitely due.  I know many people who are unfamiliar with the law may not realize exactly what the 4th Amendments means or how it specifically affects everyday life.  But take my word for it, this decisions is kind of a big deal!

The full SCOTUS decision can be found here, Riley v. California.

The link to an article in the New York Times (which actually submitted an Amicus brief in this case) is here, Major Ruling Shields Privacy of Cellphones.

4th Amendment rights are part of the foundation of this country, and a right you should fight to protect.  If you’ve been arrested and think your rights have been violated, call (845) 454-1919 to schedule a free consult with the highly experienced criminal defense attorneys at Catalano & Carpenter LLP.