The Legal Significance Of Reasonable Suspicion Essay

787 Words Nov 13th, 2016 4 Pages
The legal significance of "reasonable suspicion" to stop and frisk an individual versus "probable cause" to arrest and individual. Reasonable suspicion is the presumption a crime has been committed or will happen. Based on the evidence informed by police officers experience and interpretation. But, is less than probable cause to an arrest. Probable cause, holds a belief given by facts and more of concrete evidence of a crime. For example, police need reasonable suspicion to stop and frisk and individual. While, in probable cause must exist if the police obtain a search warrant. However, Law enforcement officers do not have to have justification to stop someone on a public street to ask questions. Under the Fourth Amendment; individuals are completely entitled to refuse to answer any such questions and go about their business. In some cases, an officer may only search people and places where the officer has probable cause or reasonable suspicion to suspect criminal activity. (Taylor Law Company, 2016) For example, in the case Terry v. Ohio, John W. Terry (petitioner) was stopped and searched by an officer. After the officer observed the Petitioner seemingly casing a store for a potential robbery. The officer approached the Petitioner for questioning and decided to search him first. Allowing, the issue to question "Whether a search for weapons without probable cause for arrest is an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution." In the…

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