Castillo v. United States, No. 13-11757 (11th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Petitioner, convicted of illegally possessing and making guns, appealed the district court's denial of his motion to vacate under 28 U.S.C. 2255. A pretrial intervention officer observed a bolt-action rifle in petitioner's bedroom. Based on that information, the police obtained a search warrant for the house where they found thirteen guns. The court concluded that the warrantless search of petitioner’s house was reasonable because the pretrial intervention officer had reasonable suspicion, because the supervision permitted by the pretrial intervention agreement gave petitioner a diminished expectation of privacy, and because the state has strong interests in the effectiveness of its pretrial intervention program. Accordingly, the court affirmed the denial of petitioner's motion without an evidentiary hearing.