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Anonymous Tip and Arrest

The North Carolina Court of Appeals found in State v. Harwood how an anonymous tip can amount to reasonable suspicion for the police to make a seizure.  In the original decision it was held that police were justified in handcuffing a Defendant where an anonymous tip...

Anonymous Tips and Reasonable Suspicion

On 7/3/2012 the NC Court of Appeals reversed the decision of State v. Harwood regarding an anonymous tip amounting to reasonable suspicion for the police to make a seizure.  In the original decision it was held that police were justified in handcuffing a Defendant...

Anonymous Tips

This can be a tricky area of the law because the answer is likely going to vary in each individual case.  Ultimately police may be justified in stopping a vehicle based on a tip from someone else.  Generally the information police receive from the tip must be specific...