Alabama Case Law: Advanced Search & Seizure
August 2, 2024
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hueytown High School
4881 15th Street
Hueytown, AL 35023
Understanding the law of search and seizure reduces liability exposure and makes for more effective law enforcement endeavors. This program presents an advanced level discussion of search and seizure principles. The discussion is “advanced” in the sense that it goes beyond the basic, overarching search and seizure principles discussed in the other program in this series, the Case Law All Cops Need to Know course. While an attendee of this advanced program would certainly benefit from attending the basic program, there are no prerequisites for attendance here. This program is designed to benefit law enforcement officers, regardless of experience, assignment or rank.
The topics discussed in this one-day program will include some of the topics from the Case Law All Cops Need to Know course however these particular topics will be presented with more depth and/or specificity. Additionally, topics not previously discussed will be introduced and explored. Topics for the Advanced Search and Seizure program include: justification for warrantless home entry (i.e., hot pursuit, the emergency aid doctrine and preservation of evidence), vehicle searches, consent to search from a parent or bailee, the difference between mere plain view observations and the narrow plain view doctrine of warrantless seizure (including discussion of the foregone conclusion doctrine), abandoned property, the use of informants in the development of reasonable suspicion and probable cause, and the administration of the exclusionary rule (i.e., the “standing” requirement and recognized exceptions to the rule).
Zach Miller, a highly-respected police legal instructor and a police officer since 2004, specializes in federal and state constitutional law. Since 2009, Zach has worked very closely with nationally-recognized police law attorney Randy Means. Together, developed training programs and policies to address the federal government’s justifiable concerns and have contracted with agencies nationwide on a vast array of projects that required legal expertise and specialization. They worked with several law enforcement agencies, including two of the largest sheriff’s departments in the country, that were subject to federal intervention due to their unconstitutional practices. Other projects have included use of force incident review, high-liability policy development and leadership training. Zach and Attorney Means have also co-authored numerous articles about constitutional policing for Law and Order magazine.