State v. WilsonAnnotate this Case
After it was discovered that Defendant kept up mercury in his house, a firefighter and police officer entered Defendant’s home without a warrant in order to investigate. Once inside, the officer smelled marijuana and eventually discovered marijuana plants in the laundry room. Defendant was charged with production of marijuana and three counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. The trial court denied Defendant’s motion to suppress, concluding that exigent circumstances permitted the warrantless search. The court of appeals reversed, concluding that the search was not justified by exceptions to the warrant requirement. The Supreme Court affirmed a portion of the court of appeals’ opinion, ordered that the opinion be republished, and reversed the trial court’s order denying the motion to suppress, holding (1) the community caretaking exception does not apply to homes; and (2) if exigent circumstances or an emergency are present, police may make a warrantless entry into the home under those exceptions. Remanded.