Articles Posted in Cell Phones – Search and Seizure

In Smallwood v. State, 113 So. 3rd 724 (Fla. 2013), the Florida Supreme Court confronted the issue of whether a cell phone could be searched without law enforcement first obtaining a search warrant when the cell phone was seized during an arrest of an individual.

Smallwood had allegedly committed a robbery and the police when arresting Smallwood seized his cell phone. They went through his phone and found incriminating photographs of:

(1) A black and silver handgun with a crucifix draped over it, dated January 28, 2008 (four days after the robbery);