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Name: People v. Pritchett
Case #: A168411
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 1 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 05/28/2024
Summary

The good faith exception to the exclusionary rule applies where a detective was unaware AB 1950 had terminated defendant’s probation, and relied on a criminal database that incorrectly indicated defendant was still on searchable probation. A detective searched defendant based on information from Crimnet, a database containing information directly from the judicial system, including probation status. While Crimnet indicated defendant was on searchable probation, probation had actually been terminated based on the automatic application of AB 1950. The detective admitted he was unaware of AB 1950. Considering the language of AB 1950 and the limited legal authority interpreting it, the court did “not expect a reasonable officer to know that AB 1950 may have terminated existing probation sentences automatically without a judicial determination.” As a result, the good faith exception applied and the trial court erred in granting defendant’s motion to suppress.

The full opinion is available on the court’s website here: https://www.courts.ca.gov/opinions/documents/A168411.PDF