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July 2017 Archives

Cell Phone Privacy: Is Location Data Protected by the Fourth Amendment?

In a time of rapid technological advancement, courts must interpret the Constitution to accommodate modern technology. When the Constitution was written over two-hundred years ago, there was no way the Drafters could have anticipated the constitutional questions posed by cell phones, computers, or the internet. One of the most important roles of modern courts is shaping the contours of the constitutional protection offered by a two-hundred-year-old prohibition against "unreasonable searches and seizures" to digital privacy rights. On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court took another step towards defining these protections by agreeing to hear Carpenter v. United States, a cell-phone privacy case.

Collateral Consequences of a DUI

A DUI conviction entails many consequences beyond those that occur in the courtroom. Some of the penalties for a DUI conviction are fairly well known. Most people probably know that a DUI conviction can lead to significant fines and a suspended license. It is also somewhat common knowledge that you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your car, paid for out-of-pocket, as a result of a DUI conviction. While these are probably the most well-known consequences of a DUI conviction, there are other less commonly known collateral consequences that naturally flow from a DUI conviction’s interaction with other Florida Statutes.

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