New Jersey has joined an exclusive group of states with the state Supreme Court’s ruling that police must have a “reasonable and articulable” suspicion of criminality before requesting consent searches of motorists.

Only Hawaii, Ohio and New York have standards similar to the one the justices required in their March 4 decision in State v. Carty, A-28. Hawaii is the only state that requires “reasonable and articulable” suspicions for voluntary searches in all settings, not just for motorists.

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