The following is a (partial) list of potential factors which police officers can consider in determining the application of the rule in Terry v. Ohio. The probable situations that could lead to the application of the Terry flaw are discussed and probable crimes stated.

  1. Hour of the day-When someone is seen in government office at midnight, he could be trying fraud on government documents.
  2. Unusual presence at a location-If a priest is seen wearing his cassock in a drinking area; the person could be a fugitive hiding from the authorities.
  3. High crime area-When two people are seen at a high crime area carrying bags and staying there for several hours, they could be planning an attack or carrying weapons.
  4. Unusual dress-When someone is seen wearing a heavy jacket on a hot day; he could be hiding an illegal weapon on his waist. A man wearing an oversize police shirt and an oversize pair of boots could be impersonating a police officer. Wearing a cap or a hood, that conceals the face could men that one is a fugitive and is avoiding being seen. A woman wearing a dress with blood stains could have just stabbed a child or husband and could be charged with assault.
  5. Unusual actions-When someone jerks off his walking path on the site of a police officer, he could be carrying an illegal property.
  6. Smells-A person could smell marijuana and this means he could be in possession of the drug or is a drug dealer.
  7. Sounds- One could start wailing when a friend is being frisked to attract attention from the public which could be a process to obstruct the course of justice.
  8. Information from witnesses-When an artist draws a person who they think robbed a stall in a mall, the police can arrest people who look like the artist’s drawing and question them for a crime of robbery.
  9. Personal knowledge of the suspect-When a policeman has met the suspect several times in crime, and then the same policeman meets the suspect in circumstances similar to the ones he was when he was convicted. At the same time, a neighbor to the police could be in the country illegally but avoids the policeman. If they meet, the policeman can take him in for being a fugitive.
  10. Statements by suspect-When a suspect says he was somewhere at a certain time, then says he has never seen something that is ever-present at the point where he says he was, he is lying or giving false evidence.
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