Georgia golfer’s 4th Amendment Rights violated by police who searched his car simply because he was seen leaving golf course late.
The Georgia Court of Appeals recently ruled that a golfer’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated when he was stopped by a police officer in a police vehicle in the golf course parking lot as the golfer was driving away after the golf course had closed for the day. The Court of Appeals ruled that the police officer had no particularized and objective basis for suspecting that the golfer was committing a crime by merely being at the golf course after hours, and so the stop of the golfer was in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures. A mere subjective feeling that the golfer was acting in a suspicious way by being there after hours was not enough, and the marijuana found was illegal evidence. Please contact Rumsey & Ramsey at (770) 394-9400 to discuss the facts of your case with a lawyer.