On September 29, 2017 the First District Court of Appeal made new law concerning the type of signage posted on your property that can prevent warrantless investigation of the occupants. The case is State of Florida v. Crowley; Case No.: 1D16-3380.
In Crowley, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Officers received an anonymous tip someone was growing and selling marijuana from their home. An officer decided to visit the home and talk to the occupants. Upon his arrival at the home, the officer approached up the front walkway to the front door which bore a conspicuous “No Soliciting” sign. Ignoring the sign, the officer knocked on the door. Robert David Crowley opened the door and spoke with the officer. Mr. Crowley did not ask the officer to leave the premises. The officer inquired about a supposed lost friend. While speaking with Mr. Crowley the officer detected a strong odor of marijuana emanating from inside the home.
After the conversation ended, the officer obtained a search warrant and returned to search Mr. Crowley’s home. The search produced seventy-seven marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, and a firearm. Mr. Crowley was then arrested and criminally charged. Continue reading