In Heien v. North Carolina, SCOTUS held that an officer’s “reasonable” mistake of law can give rise to the reasonable suspicion needed to justify a traffic. And SCOW followed suit in State v. Houghton. If you are researching this issue, you might want to take a look at this new case note in Harvard Law Review. The last few paragraphs, in particular, highlight areas for future litigation.
“Reasonable” mistakes of law
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