State v. Morse Reiterates How Little is Needed to Stop a Car

State v. Morse Reiterates How Little is Needed to Stop a Car

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The Minnesota Supreme Court’s most recent opinion, released today, upheld an officer’s stop of a car based on the car’s wide turn, an in-lane swerve, the time of night, and the proximity to downtown bars. The Court determined that based on the totality of the circumstances and the officer’s experience, the officer had reasonable suspicion to stop the car. This is bad case for defendants across Minnesota. This case green-lights officers to stop cars early in the morning, so long as there is a bar in the area, and the officer can note any slight imperfection in the driver’s driving conduct, including an in-lane swerve or too wide of a turn. The Court is absolutely correct that the “reasonable suspicion standard is not high.” This is yet another case of the Court reemphasizing how truly low the bar is and how little is needed before an officer can stop your car.

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