Right of Privacy

The Court has ruled that the US Constitution guarantees each person the “right of privacy”
What this means is that the police can’t secretly bug your phone and listen in. Nor can they enter your house without a search warrant, open your mail without a warrant, or look at your emails on your computer unless you let them or again they obtain a valid search warrant.

Knowing what your rights of privacy are, could keep you out of trouble. For instance, let’s say you are talking to someone on the phone and the police ask that someone if they can listen in. Well, in that case, you don’t have a right of privacy. The Courts have determined that whenever you talk on the phone to someone else, you can never be sure they are not broadcasting your conversation to a third party. The same goes for emails. Once you send an email or text another and the other person shows the police, you cannot claim the right of privacy. Again, you have no control over what others might do. Another example is putting your trash on the street on garbage day. The police have the right to search those plastic bags to see what you have thrown out. For instance, they might find an empty baggy that once contained marijuana. The Courts have ruled that once you put your garbage on the curb, you have no idea who might look at it, so again you have no right of privacy.

Bottom line, if you are going to commit a crime, and I recommend you don’t, be careful who is watching and if they are watching, make sure they cannot use what they see, hear, or find against you.