I am a criminal defense attorney, which is why I frequently do not watch crime and lawyer shows. They anger up the blood too much procedurally. I would say, in my opinion she did not have grounds to enter the house. The broken window was not in the front of the house. She had to go through a gate to get to the back of the house. The question would be, was the gate with the broken lock enough to get her into the back yard? The defense attorney in me would argue no it was not. She should have parked her car and woken up a judge too try to get a warrant. (Which based on how little she actually had, could have been denied). Now that’s not very interesting TV though, and the legal outcomes of cops’ decision are seldom, if ever, seen in court. By entering that house, she risked the entire case against the parents, except with the first child. (That said, I am sure a prosecutor could chime in with the exact opposite opinion as mine. That’s what makes my job so much fun.)
As to the driving around with a body in your windshield, no way a cop would have seen that and NOT stop her, because of the obstructed view. (I’ve seen stops for air freshener hanging from the mirror.)
Buck reminds me of my clients who never listen to everything I have to say, but only here the parts they want? If he listened to his lawyer, he would have heard that even if he got his job back, he would probably not be welcomed back with open arms. He was told that twice. Once at the beginning, and again after the offer came in. But he just heard “Get your job back.” He only heard the bad news from Bobby after he had the blood clot, because that’s all he could hear then. Boy needs to listen to everything.
As to Maddie, I like that both Chim and her boss made clear that even if she is right, she was wrong here. She needs help. And she needs to recognize that herself. I am ready to move on to that phase of her story too.