NJ Investigators May Soon Force You To Unlock Your Phone
Self Incrimination laws are about to lose some relevancy...
NJ.com reports a Essex County sheriff's officer, Robert Andrews, who was charged with tipping off a drug dealer has been ordered by NJ courts to hand over his smartphone's passcode. Reportedly, since the investigators were able to obtain warrants for the cell phone and were able to establish probable cause, they were convinced that the phone contained criminal evidence.
Andrews obviously had argued prior to the appeals court case that if he was forced to hand over the passcodes, that would be a violation of the preservations set forth within the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination.
The appeals court said that since it was proven Andrews had contact with the drug dealer via the acquisition of his phone records, there's no possible risk of self-incrimination.
NJ.com states that this could potentially set a new standard for the state regarding Search and Seizure laws.
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