Were you ordered out of your parked car by the police who then found drugs, firearms or other contraband inside? If so, depending on the facts of your particular situation, you may be able to get your case dropped.
In Taylor v. State, Escambia County Sheriff’s Deputy David Ramires responded to a call about a man asleep in a vehicle with a knife on his lap. Upon arrival at the reported location, Deputy Ramires observed the man, Aron Taylor, was sleeping in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with a “fairly large knife” on his lap. The vehicle was legally parked, its engine was off, and no one other than Taylor was in it.
Deputy Ramires did not smell an odor of alcohol. The surrounding area was not a high crime area. Deputy Ramires had no reason to believe Taylor had committed, was committing, or was about to commit a crime. Moreover, at no time during the encounter did Ramires have any reason to be concerned for Taylor’s health or safety. Ramires then called for backup from other deputies, as was his practice “even if it’s just a welfare check.” Continue reading