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Supreme Court: Strip-searches now allowed for any arrest before detainee is admitted to jail

Posted on April 3rd, 2012 No Comments

The Supreme Court has ruled in a 5-4 vote that the strip-searching can now be done on a detainee for any arrest before the person is admitted to jail.

Those in favor of the law stated that this law will allow for correctional facility employees to make sure that detainees do not have drugs, weapons or any public health information or gang history information, by allowing them to strip-search the detainee, no matter what they were arrested for.

The minority opinion on this decision has stated that it violates human rights and that strip-searching should not be allowed for minor crimes because the Fourth Amendment should prohibit these searches unless there is reasonable suspicions that the detainee has contraband on them. The new law does not make strip-searching a requirement, but it does allow it.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, you need representation that can help you through this legal process. Contact the Houston criminal defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C., by calling 713-222-0400 today.