Supreme Court: Warrant now needed for cellphone searches

by: Alyana Gomez Updated:


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Millions of us have a good part of our lives stored in pocket-size computers: bank account information, passwords, easy access to social media accounts and even private photos.
Before Wednesday law enforcement could potentially confiscate your phone, go through it and use it as evidence against you in a criminal case.
However, the Supreme Court now says police need a warrant.
"If there's a hostage situation, or where a police officer's life is threatened or other civilians lives are threatened, then the government can look on the phone without a search warrant," said legal expert Dale Carson. 
Some wonder if the nation's highest court got it right.
"I personally believe it's going to hamper future investigations with crimes," said Michael Carraway.
Carraway is a victim of the knockout game, where young teens target someone at random and knock them unconscious with one blow.
With his cane in one hand and the gas pump in another, Carraway never saw the hit coming. 
In March a 16-year-old was arrested for the crime. When officers seized his phone, they found videos of other innocent people being punched in the face. 
Carson said under the new ruling that major piece of evidence could be inadmissible. 
"If in fact, there was no probable cause to seize that phone, and no probable cause for the officer to look through it and no search warrant. It could very well invalidate the arrest," he said.