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Civica Law Group’s Expertise on Drone Use in Public Safety and Code Enforcement Featured in Western City Magazine

by | Nov 29, 2023 | Community, Lauren Brown, Matthew Silver, Natalie Sahagun

We are thrilled to announce that our Civica Law Group team, led by our founding partner Matthew R. Silver, associate attorney Lauren E. Brown, and law clerk Natalie Sahagun, has been recognized for their expertise in a recent publication by Western City Magazine. Their article, “Don’t fly by these rules when developing a city drone program,” showcases our firm’s deep knowledge and insightful analysis of drone usage in public safety – a testament to our commitment to staying at the forefront of legal and technological advancements.

Insights from Our Experts

In the article, our team outlines the increasing use of drones by public agencies for various public safety tasks, emphasizing the balance between operational efficiency and adherence to legal and constitutional frameworks. Here are some key takeaways:

    • The Growing Role of Drones: Cities are leveraging drones for diverse functions, from code enforcement, building & safety, land use, to law enforcement and disaster management, owing to their cost-effectiveness and ability to enhance safety.
    • Navigating Legal Complexities: Our experts discuss drone use’s privacy and constitutional implications, particularly concerning the Fourth Amendment and federal regulations. They highlight the importance of understanding the legal nuances around the reasonable expectation of privacy and the necessity of obtaining warrants in specific scenarios.
    • Adhering to Regulations: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) sets clear guidelines for drone operations. The article underscores the need for cities to comply with these regulations and develop comprehensive internal drone policies.
    • Looking Ahead: As drone technology evolves, so will its usage and the legal landscape surrounding it. Our team advises on the importance of preparing for future challenges by implementing robust drone policies.

Why This Matters for Our Clients

We understand the dynamic intersection of technology and law at Civica Law Group. Our expertise in drone law is not just about staying current with legal trends; it’s about providing our clients with proactive and informed legal guidance in an ever-evolving technological world. This recognition by Western City Magazine reflects our dedication to providing top-tier legal services and insights into emerging legal fields.

Read the Full Article

To gain a deeper understanding of the implications and strategies around drone use in public safety from our Civica Law experts, we encourage you to read the full article in Western City Magazine.

We remain committed to offering cutting-edge legal solutions and insights at Civica Law Group. Whether it’s about navigating drone laws or any other legal challenges, our team is here to guide you through with expertise and foresight.

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      With over 75 collective years of experience, Civica Law has helped cities and counties abate thousands of dangerous and substandard properties, improve housing conditions, and effectively deal with a wide range of quality-of-life issues, from homeless encampments to cannabis, drug, and gang dens to illegal gambling (or tap-tap) facilities, illegal business operations, human trafficking and massage, land use, and zoning, and virtually every other conceivable quality of life and safety issue a public agency may face.