People v. Samuel Walker


AD4 order dated October 7, 2011, affirming judgment of conviction. Decision below: 88 AD3d 1287, 930 NYS2d 389. Graffeo, J. granted leave January 9, 2012.

ISSUE PRESENTED: The propriety of a warrantless "inventory search" of a car. After stopping the car for a traffic infraction, and determining that defendant’s driver’s license had been revoked, the police impounded the car even though another licensed driver was available to take possession of the vehicle. (Assigned counsel: David C. Schopp, Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo, Inc., 237 Main Street, Suite 1602, Buffalo, NY 14203.)

Warrantless inventory search of a car