Penalties For Underage Drinking In Virginia Lawyers Alcohol Beverages

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Franklin v. Commonwealth

Facts:

Defendants hosted a party for their 16-year-old child at which alcoholic beverages were served.  A police officer responded to a call reporting underage drinking and observed, after driving up the residence driveway, young people in the backyard with beer bottles in their hands. When the young people saw the officer, they began to flee.  The officer then entered the backyard without a warrant and observed numerous empty alcohol bottles.  Defendants contended that the warrantless search violated the Fourth Amendment and that the penalties were illegally imposed.  The trial court and court of appeals disagreed.

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Penalties For Underage Drinking In Virginia Lawyers Alcohol Beverages

Penalties For Underage Drinking In Virginia Lawyers Alcohol Beverages

Holdings:

The Virginia Court made the following holding:
  • The Fourth Amendment protects the curtilage of a house and the extent of the curtilage is determined by factors that bear upon whether an individual reasonably may expect that the area in question should be treated as the home itself. When government agents conduct a search or seizure within protected areas of a dwelling without a warrant such actions are presumptively unreasonable and unlawful unless they are supported by both probable cause and exigent circumstances.

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These summaries are provided by the SRIS Law Group. They represent the firm’s unofficial views of the Justices’ opinions. The original opinions should be consulted for their authoritative content.