Thanks to my friend, Robert Guest, for posting this. A study published this week by the American Civil Liberties Union shows law enforcement agencies across the country are maintaing “High-Resolution” images of our lives using scanners that capture images of passing or parked vehicles, noting their location, and uploading the information to police databases. As technology becomes cheaper and more widespread, it appears these “dragnet surveillance systems” will become routine. Law enforcement claims the scanners are crucial to tracking suspicious cars, aiding in drug busts, and finding abducted children. The argument is there is no expectation of privacy for vehicles driving on a public road or parked in a public place. The Mesquite Texas Police Department maintains records stretching back to 2008. The ACLU found that only five states have laws governing these license plate readers. New Hampshire bans the technology, except in narrow circumstances. Maine and Arkansas limit how long the license plate information can be stored. A Bryan-College Station lawyer can help you understand the impact of this information on your Brazos County criminal charge.
Stephen Gustitis is a criminal defense lawyer in Bryan-College Station. He is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is also a husband, father, and retired amateur bicycle racer.