Q: My friend was recently pulled over, and drugs were found on him. Is it my right to ask to see the video of the traffstop
A: It depends.
Is it your right to be provided the video as part of the case? No. Discovery of all evidence the State has in its possession is the right of the Defendant and his counselor/attorney.
Is it your right under the Freedom of Information Act? Maybe, but probably not. Active law enforcement investigation FOIA requests may be denied until the investigation is no longer ongoing. At that time the request must be complied with in a reasonable amount of time.
But another question is this: do you know what you’re looking for in terms of impacting the outcome of a case? Or are you merely curious?
I would encourage your friend to contact a firm with experience in drug crimes, such as ours.
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