No Expectation of Privacy in Fields Used for Crops – State v. Marolda

In today’s holding in State v. Marolda, the Court determined that there is no expectation of privacy in our state for fields that are used for cultivation of crops. In the Marolda case, the State Police conducted airborne surveillance from a low-flying helicopter in an effort to determine if the defendant was growing marijuana. The police were able to identify the growing marijuana from the air and immediately took steps to arrest a person who was removing the substance from the ground. The Court held that the low-level helicopter surveillance did not involve an invasion of any reasonable expectation of privacy within the curtilage of the defendant’s residence.

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