Atwater v. City of Lago Vista: Reasoning for the Ruleing

 For this assignment, read Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 532 U.S. 318 (2000).  In Atwater v. City of Lago Vista, 532 U.S. 318 (2000), the Court held that the Fourth Amendment does not forbid a warrantless arrest for a minor criminal offense, such as a misdemeanor seatbelt violation, which is punishable only by a fine.


  1. In your own words, outline the reasoning for this ruling and the dissent.

  2. Do you agree with the ruling? Explain why.

Must be 2-3 paragraphs. Due by Thursday, February 2, 2017 @ 6:00pm central standard time, United States. NOT PAYING FOR ANYTHING AFTER 6:00PM CT. If additional sources are used, PLEASE SITE ALL SOURCES. The case is attached as a PDF.