Atwater v. City of Lago Vista: Police Authority to Make Warrantless Misdemeanor Arrests

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  • Since the early 1990s, the Supreme Court has increased the influence of the police through a series of court cases. Atwater v. City of Lago Vista held that the Fourth Amendment does not forbid a warrantless arrest for a minor criminal offense punishable only by a fine. This case will be discussed as it relates to the current climate of policing and the Supreme Court. The potential implications for police and the public will also be addressed. © 2003, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.
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  • Walker JT; Mckinnon KM
  • Start Page

  • 239
  • End Page

  • 252
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2