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Ohio v. Robinette
United States Supreme Court
519 U.S. 33 (1996)
A police officer pulled over Robinette (defendant) for speeding. The officer ran Robinette’s license plates and they came back clean. The officer then issued a verbal warning for speeding, returned Robinette’s driver’s license, and immediately asked if Robinette had any drugs in the car. Robinette said that he did not, and consented to a search. The officer found drugs. At trial, Robinette asserted that the search violated his Fourth Amendment rights because he was unaware that he was free to go after the officer returned his driver’s license. The Supreme Court of Ohio ruled in his favor and held that an express indication from the officer that Robinette was free to go was necessary. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rehnquist, C.J.)
Dissent (Stevens, J.)
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