Ordinance Violation Can Be a Factor in Terry Stop – State v. Townsend (UNP)

The UNPUBLISHED Appellate Division decision in State v. Townsend involves a review of the factors needed to establish the right to detain and frisk a suspect (a so-called Terry stop, also known as an investigative detention). One of the factors that may support such a Terry stop is a perceived violation of a municipal ordinance, in this case drinking in public.
This case provides an excellent review of the factors required to justify a Terry stop and frisk was well as the applicable law on searches incident to an arrest.

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