Philadelphia Criminal Lawyer Update: Passenger’s Nervousness and Movements Appearing to Be Reaching Beneath Seat During Nighttime Car Stop Enough to Justify Reasonable Suspicion for Protective Weapons Search

by | Apr 22, 2013

Criminal lawyers in Philadelphia need to be aware of cases where police claim their clients appeared nervous and made furtive movements.  The latest case on this issue is Commonwealth v. Buchert, — A.3d —, 2013 WL 1499347 (Apr. 12, 2013) from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.  In Buchert, the Court held that, during a nighttime car stop, police had reasonable suspicion to conduct a protective weapons search in the passenger area of a car where the passenger was seen reaching forward towards the area beneath his seat as police approached the car, and where he appeared extremely nervous.  To read the case, click here.

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