Greg, a 16-year-old white male, was driving home at 1:00 a.m. on a Thursday morning after getting off work at a Domino’s pizza. Police pulled him over for speeding at 45 mph in a 40-mph zone. The officer claimed he smelled alcohol on Gregs breath and asked him to step out of the car. The officer asked Greg if he could look in the car, but Greg did not answer. The officer searched the car and found a small bag of marijuana. The officer did not find any alcohol in the car, and a blood test indicated that Greg had no alcohol in his system. Greg was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

The defense attorney will be filing a Motion to Suppress. It is your job to research the law and write a legal memo using IRAC.

Paper Criteria

You are to write a short legal paper to demonstrate your knowledge by researching, writing, and citing the U.S. Constitutional Amendment(s) and U.S. Supreme Court cases relevant to Scenario 1 described above.

To complete this assignment, you are to do the following:

Determine the legal issue.
Research the legal issue – see Legal Research: Finding Case Law.
Identify and describe the relevant U.S. Constitutional Amendment(s).
Identify and describe the precedent setting U.S. Supreme Court cases.
Write the legal paper using the IRAC method – see Legal Writing: Using IRAC.
Use proper Bluebook legal citations – See Legal Citation: U.S. Supreme Court Cases.
Paper is to be 1-2 pages in length
The goal is to inform the reader of the most relevant legal precedent, rather than filling pages.
A title or cover page is not required and is not included in the paper length.
Use standard 12-point, Times New Roman font with one-inch margins (all around), and double spacing.
If you need writing assistance, make a consultation with the University Writing Center. You should schedule an appointment as early as possible.


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