Probable Cause

In United States criminal law, probable cause (also referred to as reasonable cause) is the standard by which an officer or agent of the law has the grounds to obtain a warrant for, or as an exception to the warrant requirements for, making an arrest or conducting a personal or property search, etc. when criminal charges are being considered. It is also used to refer to the standard to which a grand jury believes that a crime has been committed.
Posts about Probable Cause
  • Explaining Grand Juries and How They Work

    … is granted powers to investigate a possible felony crime. The grand jury body may issue summons to witnesses by subpoena. This process enables grand jurors’ ability to examine a witness under oath. The grand jury is granted powers to vote. In this process, the grand jury may determine whether it is in the people’s interest to pursue an indictment…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 14 readers -
  • Texas Laws for Juvenile Crimes: Definitions and Penalties

    … his or her 17th birthday, he or she is typically tried as a juvenile in the juvenile justice system. A juvenile probation officer will conduct an intake of the child when he or she is arrested. The process is in place to determine if the young person meets the legal definition of child in Texas and if probable cause exists that the child committed…

    The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • How Cases Start and How the Prosecution Operates

    … they will and won’t prosecute. Arrest in Texas An arrest in Texas can happen one of two ways: with probable cause or a warrant. Probable cause involves police being able to point to specific and objective circumstances leading them to believe a suspect committed a crime. No criminal charges have been filed against them. An arrest warrant means criminal…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 12 readers -
  • You Have the Right to Remain Silent

    … South Florida Criminal Attorney | DUI Attorney Blog You Have the Right to Remain Silent Fool! YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT | USE IT Most people view the fifth amendment as a shelter or haven for individuals who have committed a crime. Invoking your right to remain silent is typically viewed as an admission to criminal conduct. After all…

    Michael Dye/ Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney- 23 readers -
  • Marijuana DUI | Florida Law

    … or controlled substances and the person appears for treatment at a hospital, clinic, or other medical facility and the administration of a breath or urine test is impractical or impossible” and Florida Statute 316.1933(1)(a) – “If a law enforcement officer has probable cause to believe that a motor vehicle driven by or in the actual physical…

    Michael Dye/ Fort Lauderdale Criminal Attorney- 23 readers -
  • Car Accidents Caused by Marijuana

    … driving law. There is no reliable equivalent of a portable breath test for marijuana, and due to marijuana’s varied effect on the user, it can be difficult to tell if someone is over the legal limit. Police officers will need probable cause based on other factors to arrest an individual for drugged driving. They can obtain this probable cause…

    Jared Staver/ Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer- 18 readers -
  • Platinum Partners Hedge Fund Ponzi – Where Are the Banks?

    … Street Accountable” Third Parties and Platinum Partners Losses The government has charged the primary players in the alleged scheme. The SEC has done their part too.(We remind everyone that an indictment is only a finding of probable cause. All suspects are presumed innocent. In fact, two of the suspects have already denied all charges.) But how…

    Due Diligence- 9 readers -
  • Texas Open Container Laws: Is It Ever Legal?

    … on a public roadway may face criminal charges. If this occurs and that person is convicted, they may face punishment under a Class C misdemeanor charge. The punishment for such a conviction is a fine of up to $500. However, if a police officer finds open alcohol containers in a vehicle, he or she may have probable cause to ask the driver to submit…

    Matthew Sharp/ The Law Office of Matthew D. Sharp- 114 readers -
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