Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
A law enforcement officer may conduct a stop and frisk search if it is reasonable for an officer to stop an individual absent probable cause to arrest, as long as he/she can point to "specific articulable facts" that justify the intrusion. An officer's good faith and/or inarticulate hunches simply are not enough. Moreover, the answer is yes, so long as the officer can articulate specific facts that warrant such an intrusion. This applies to all criminal stops, detentions, and arrests, which is why an individual secure in his home or even driving a car is afforded the same protection as an individual walking down the street. This also applies to minors.
Answer Applies to: California