NJ Bill Limiting Drone Use By Law Enforcement Vetoed By Governor
- May 27, 2014
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NJ S-2702 (A-4037), limiting use of unmanned aerial drones by law enforcement in criminal prosecution, passed the House and Senate then was “pocket vetoed” by the Governor. The bill, as proposed, would limit the ability of law enforcement to use drones in conducting surveillance, evidence gathering or for other police purposes without a warrant, consent of the subject of the investigation or exigent circumstances. Surveillance video or communication could not be used for evidentiary purposes unless related to an ongoing criminal investigation. Any information obtained would also have been precluded from use in establishing reasonable suspicion or probable cause. The bill made it a 4th degree crime to send up an armed drone, including punishment of up to 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. As it stands, unmanned drones are being utilized to monitor the actions of NJ citizens. In the event criminal activity is picked up by the drones, it is open season for law enforcement to utilize all information found. For information regarding criminal matters in New Jersey visit DarlingFirm.com.