State in Interest of J.B.

328 A.2d 46 (1974)

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State in Interest of J.B.

New Jersey Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court
328 A.2d 46 (1974)

  • Written by Tammy Boggs, JD

Facts

In December 1973, police officers Peter Cochin and Robert Robinson were patrolling an area at around 1:30 a.m. when they received several radio dispatches. The dispatches described a situation in which a car had struck a parked car and a male was seen fleeing the scene on foot. The key to the damage-causing car was missing. The officers spotted 15-year-old J.B. (defendant) several blocks from the accident site with a bleeding lip and injured arm. J.B. matched the description of the fleeing male. The officers stopped J.B. and asked him to account for himself. J.B. told three incredible and inconsistent stories of being beaten up. Cochin conducted a search of J.B.’s person, looking for the car key. Cochin found two bags of marijuana in J.B.’s jacket pocket and arrested J.B. The officers took J.B. to the hospital, where they found a third bag of drugs in J.B.’s sock. The state (plaintiff) charged J.B. with juvenile delinquency. The damage-causing car had been stolen, but the officers were not aware of that fact at the time they searched J.B. J.B. filed a motion to suppress the evidence of drugs as fruits of an unlawful search.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Brody, J.)

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