Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:44 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:44:14 GMT
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School. Pictures of the Baconton Community Charter School file room show where students cellMore >>
Investigators are trying to find some clues as to who took nearly two dozen cell phones from a Mitchell County School.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 12:48 PM EDT2013-05-18 16:48:01 GMT
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral. 16-year old Keyanna Lang died from a heart condition. Due to her illness the family couldn't keep lifeMore >>
The family of an Albany teenager who died on Friday, isn't sure how they'll pay for her funeral.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 8:00 AM EDT2013-05-18 12:00:09 GMT
In its effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May, Dollar General will host a career fair at Dollar General located at 2017 N Slappey Blvd. in Albany, Ga. on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.More >>
The event is held as part of the major retailer's effort to hire 10,000 new employees in May...More >>
November 20, 2003
Albany -- What are your rights in Georgia if a Police Officer pulls over your car? Can he search your trunk? Can he force you to take a breathalyzer test?
There are a number of different variables, because each stop and situation is different. And each state has a different set of laws on traffic stops. Now the Supreme Court is going to review one standard on determining probable cause to make an arrest during a traffic stop.
Dougherty County Patrol Officer Calvin Cleveland stops a truck for speeding. If he sees anything illegal in the truck during the stop, that would probable cause to make an arrest. But each state has different laws about police power during traffic stops, and it keeps changing.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek "A lot of the vehicle is by it's very nature, visible and in plain view. If we see something occurring in our presence, or if we see contraband that is plainly visible. We have something we call the right to be, the right to see, the right to seize."
Twenty states have asked the Supreme Court to re-evaluate the scope of police power during traffic stops. They want one standard on determining probable cause to make an arrest.
Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek, an expert in this area of the law, does not think even the Supreme Court could make hard rules for Police to follow. Chief Cheek said " I don't think they'll do that. And I think if they do, it will create a nightmare not only for law enforcement but for the courts as well."
Procedural law governing probable cause continues to change. The law governing blood alcohol tests given to drivers in crashes recently changed in Georgia due to an appeals court ruling. Those rulings keep changing the laws for Police during traffic stops.
The first traffic stop ruling dates back to 1925, United States versus Carroll. Courts had to decide probable cause for Police to stop a car during Prohibition days.