Passenger in Car is “Seized” During Motor Vehicle Stop – Brendlin v. Calif.

In today’s United States Supreme Court ruling in Brendlin v. California, Justice Souter, writing for the Court, held that when the police effect a motor vehicle stop, the driver as well as all the vehicle’s occupants have been “seized” within the meaning of the 4th Amendment. As a practical matter, this means that a passenger can maintain a motion to suppress evidence based upon a claimed violation of his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.

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