Collins v. Virginia

Brief for the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 11/20/2017


Collins v. Virginia

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-1027

Prior Decision

Decision below 292 Va. 486 (Sept. 15, 2016)


The police’s warrantless intrusion into a home or its curtilage is presumptively unconstitutional. A showing of exigent circumstances is required to justify a warrantless intrusion on a person’s home or its curtilage. An automobile’s inherence mobility, in and of itself, is not a per se exigent circumstance justifying a warrantless intrusion on the home or its curtilage. 

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Douglas Hallward-Driemeier and Emerson Siegle, Ropes & Gray LLP, Washington, DC; Aaron Katz and Deena Feit, Ropes & Gray LLP, Boston, MA; Jonathan Hacker, NACDL, Washington, DC.