Questions About Your Rights?




Am I allowed to record police?

This article by Steve Silverman originally appeared April 5, 2012 in It’s been updated to include new information regarding recent rulings in favor of citizens’ right to record police. Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in … Continued

I Fought The Law


Flex Your Rights on “The Good Wife”

If you haven’t seen it yet, you must watch the season premiere of The Good Wife. The central plot line is based on the Breakfast in Collinsville viral video produced by our friend Terrance Huff. Like the real life incident, … Continued


Success Stories

Open Carry in Virginia

I have a sort of routine walk that I use to advocate open carry. I know where the school zones are. I know where the government offices are. And so my route is quite safe from any zone that could get me into serous trouble if I choose to carry a firearm. … Continued


Success Stories

Ford Ranchero with Weed in the Seat

The next day when removing the old bench seat I found a paper shopping bag stuffed up under the seat. In it contained about 2-3 pounds of weed. Had a police officer found it during a consented search I’m sure the courts would not care how old it was. … Continued

Drug Dog


When can police use drug dogs?

In Illinois v. Caballes, the Supreme Court ruled that police do not need reasonable suspicion to use drug dogs to sniff a vehicle during a legitimate traffic stop. This decision stems from the case of Roy Caballes, who was pulled … Continued

Steve (center) & Scott (right) after ride-along with MPD's Sgt. Brett Parson (circa 2006)


10 Years of Flexing Hard: A Retrospective

My fiancée was out of town last Saturday, so I hung out at a bar with Scott Morgan. We reminisced about our amazing 10-year partnership. (In fact, Scott will be the best man at my wedding next spring!) When we … Continued



What if police say they smell marijuana?

If police say they smell marijuana, you’re in a tough situation. Courts have ruled that the odor of contraband gives officers probable cause to perform a search. For this reason, police are quick to claim that they smell something and sometimes they might even lie about it. … Continued

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