New Hampshire v. SmithAnnotate this Case
Defendant Patricia Smith appealed a superior court's decision to deny her motion to suppress evidence. She was charged with one felony county of manufacturing marijuana, and moved to suppress evidence obtained when police searched her property after an informant tipped police that she was growing marijuana plants in her house. Defendant argued that police violated Part I, Article 19 of the State Constitution because they entered the curtilage of her home without first obtaining a warrant. Furthermore, she argued that she had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the wooded area behind her home because of its close proximity to the house itself and because police did not make their observations from a public vantage point. Upon review, the Supreme Court concluded that the information contained within the four corners of the warrant application provided probable cause to support Defendant's search warrant. The Court affirmed the superior court's decision.