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Reported Cases

  • Ferris v. State, 355 Md. 356 (1999)

    Ferris v. State, is the leading Maryland case on the issue of continued police interactions with a motorist after they have been stopped for a traffic violation. Referred to as a "second stop", the case established guidelines for how long and under what circumstances a police officer could continue to detain a driver. This case has been frequently cited in subsequent court opinions and in courtrooms throughout the state and has been recognized as an important check on police powers and their infringement on a motorist's right to be free from unwarranted interrogation and searches Read On

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