People v. Kruckenberg, 2019 IL App (3d) 170505-U. Episode 628 (Duration 31:43). 

Matthew Paulson and Larry Vandersnick describe a drug interdiction traffic stop and analyze where it went wrong for the prosecution.

Paulson & Vandersnick Attorneys at Law

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In This Episode…

“The appellate court is looking at what is actually going on in the case versus just looking at the total amount of time.” — Matthew Paulson.

Matthew Paulson & Larry Vandersnick

Matt Paulson has over 7 years of experience and has distinguished himself in both Illinois and Iowa as a successful criminal defense attorney handling all matters including Drug Trafficking and DUI / OWI cases.

Larry Vandersnick is a former Henry County State’s Attorney and a former Rock Island County and Henry County Circuit judge. Now he mainly handles criminal cases in state court.

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Paulson & Vandersnick
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Rock Island, IL 61201

(309) 558-0774

“Can’t Miss” Moments:

✓ Abolish it. Does it still make sense to have Rule 23 cases? What’s the point now that information is so easily accessible online? If you know how to find them why can’t you use them? (Go to 2:49)

 A surprising and disturbing reason why an attorney may not want to ask the court to publish a winning decision. (Go to 5:59)

✓ How the “tag team” approach is used on I-80 to get you to lower your shield so low you don’t go home again for a very long time. (Go to 7:15)

✓ How to measure 15 minutes. Everybody doesn’t experience the same 15 minutes the same way. Go here to uncover how the appellate court is measuring 15 minutes. (Go to 8:29)

✓ When common day pleasantries is considered outright rude and even illegal. (Go to 9:40)

When the “K-9 search duration principle” determines if a search is likely to be upheld or stricken down…exactly what the officer is doing matters. (Go to 12:00)

✓ What police don’t want you to know about what exactly they are doing during a traffic stop. What is actually happening doesn’t feel like what is, in fact, happening. It feels much differently to the driver. (Hint: profiling and pretextual stops are 100% legal.) (Go to 13:38)

Drug interdiction officers are NOT there to write speeding tickets. How this officer tipped his hat and showed his cards in a way that revealed his true intentions to the appellate court(Go to 14:09)

✓ It took just 6 minutes of interaction with the driver, it was 6 minutes of nothing much happening, the officer didn’t radio in the drivers information until 6 minutes after they got back in his squad car, these were 6 minutes recorded as an eternity. (Go to 14:09)

This is happening all over the place all the time…at least since 1995. Who’s gonna stop it? This is the one thing that actually takes longer and has been slowed down by modern computers. (Go to 17:14)

✓ The only way known to man to turn 10 into infinity. (Go to 19:45)

Exactly what is happening when you are “front seated”. Whether you know it or not that’s when a  Spidey sense is being aimed directly at you. (Go to 20:55)

✓ Doing this one thing in life can get you suspended or expelled from a program. Doing it in the law not only is completely ethical and proper it actually helps you win cases. (Go to 20:55)

If attorneys shared more of this the world would be a better place… at least for defense attorneys and their clients.  (Go to 26:06)

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