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Consent To Searches At Work

 Searches Based on Consent Forms It is becoming common practice for employers to issue privacy waivers or consent forms to employees.  These forms typically make clear that employees do not maintain an expectation of privacy in specified places or functions within the business.  Common examples are forms waiving an employee’s expectation of privacy in the business’ files, phone and internet access, or certain facilities provided...

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Searches at Work

Searches at Work Generally In cases involving an employee’s claim of a violation of the Fourth Amendment or a similar state constitutional provision, Connecticut courts have held that, a person asserting such a violation is required to establish both that she had an actual subjective expectation of privacy in the place searched and that this subjective expectation of privacy is one that society is prepared...

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Drug Sniffing Dogs

The State and Federal Constitutions mandate that unless there is an exception (i.e. inventory search or search incident to an arrest), the police need a warrant to conduct a search. The Connecticut Courts have declined to determine whether or not drug dog searches are “searches” for purposes of the Fourth Amendment, or in other words, whether searching with a drug dog requires a warrant. Federal...

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Automobile Searches

When is it legal for a police officer to conduct automobile searches? How can you challenge an automobile search? Find out in this article. The Search Incident to an Arrest When a police officer has made a lawful arrest of the occupants of an automobile he may, for his own safety, search the passenger compartment of the vehicle for weapons. This is called a search...

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Search Warrants

Where a defendant can show an actual subjective expectation of privacy in the place searched (or object seized) and that the expectation of privacy is one that society is prepared to recognize as reasonable, the government must have a warrant supported by probable cause before executing a search. The guidelines for obtaining a warrant are found in both statutes and case law. The most important requirement...

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What Is The Difference Between Jail and Prison?

Many people use the terms prison and jail interchangeably in everyday life. This probably stems from crime shows such as Law and Order and NCIS that do the same thing. These terms refer to similar things, which is another reason why people will oftentimes confuse them. However, jail and prison actually refer to different places that you can go based on different crimes that you...

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Drug Crime Impact On Public Health Jobs

In my last article, I talked about a drug crime impact on several different types of jobs. In this article, I want to explore the impact of a drug crime conviction on a public health job in more detail. If you are a Connecticut doctor, nurse or health professional with a state license, an arrest or conviction for a drug crime can impact your license...

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Consequences of Drug Crimes on a Career

Many professions require practitioners to carry a certification, license, or be registered with a governing agency.  Many of these agencies are run by the government which may, suspend or revoke that persons ability to practice in the state.  The following sections outline some of the professional consequences of committing a drug crime. Disciplinary Action by Boards, Departments and Commissions Conn. Gen. Stat. § 19a-17 establishes...

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Drug Testing

Oftentimes, before an individual is arrested for possession of drugs or possession with intent to sell, the arresting officer will conduct a field test of the substance he suspects is a controlled substance. The most common field test kits that are used are the “NARK” test kits, which can test for a variety of substances. There are major problems with these test kits, specifically that...

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Prescription Drug Crime

In my last article, I talked about the crime of forging prescriptions. Today’s post will focus on illegal possession or use of prescription pills. Prescription drugs are controlled substances.  Possession or use of a prescription drug is illegal unless the individual holds a legitimate prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.  Likewise, it is illegal to sell, or possess with the intent to sell, a prescription...

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