Atwater v. City of Lago Vista: The Right to Arrest for Traffic Violations

Kristi M. McKinnon, University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Jeffery T. Walker, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Since the early 1990s, the Supreme Court has increased the influence of the police, especially involving issues of the Fourth Amendment related to automobiles. Atwater v. City of Lago Vista held that the Fourth Amendment does not forbid a warrantless arrest for a minor criminal offense punishable only by a fine. This case will be discussed as it relates to the current climate of policing and the Supreme Court. The potential implications for police and the public will also be addressed.

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Updated 05/20/2006