Scott A. Hamblin, a shareholder at Brydon Swearengen & England P.C. recently served as a speaker for the Auto Stops Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program sponsored by the Missouri Bar. The program was designed to educate other attorneys on issues related to challenging traffic stops by law enforcement officers, including new developments in criminal law, and addressed the following topics:

• When a  Defendant Has a “Privacy Interest”
• Applying the “Best Evidence” Rule to Your Client’s Advantage
• The Restraints Placed upon Police in Conducting Inventory Searches
• Standing to Challenge a Stop, and the Rights of Passengers
• Permissibility of Interior or Trunk Searches
• The Legal Framework of the “Automatic Standing” Rule
• Case Law On: Reason to Stop; Unusual or Erratic Operations of Vehicles; Exit Orders
State v. Loyd, 326 S.W.3d 908 (2010)
• Recent Developments in Drug Searches, Including Canine Searches, and Facts that Support a Drug Search Based on Police Observations
• Factors to Consider in a DUI/DWI Stop
• If a Post Arrest Search is Lawful as an “Inventory”
• Suppressing Pre-Miranda Statements
• Concerns Arising from Roadside Field Sobriety Checkpoints
• Suppression of Searches in Violation of Written Protocol
• How to Draft & Present a Motion to Suppress

Scott’s practice includes State and Federal Criminal defense including drug trafficking, drug possession, firearm offenses, sex crimes, money laundering, driving while intoxicated (DWI/DUI), and manslaughter. Scott has tried numerous jury trials in circuit courts and United States District Court. If you need assistance with any aspect of criminal law, contact the criminal lawyers and criminal attorneys at Brydon Swearengen & England P.C. inJefferson City.