Search and Seizure Violations: Drug Crime Cases
When considering the topic of drug charges, a pertinent issue to review is illegal searches and seizures. Drug evidence is typically the most important part of a prosecuting attorney's case against a defendant who is facing possession,
cultivation charges. If that evidence was obtained without a warrant or probable cause, it should not be allowed in court to be used against the defendant. This can turn an entire case around.
As an experienced lawyer and former deputy sheriff, I understand exactly how search and seizure violations related to drug charges. I am here to offer you my experienced counsel as I fight to help you avoid a conviction.
When can the police search me or my property?
State or federal law enforcement officers may only conduct a search of your property if they have probable cause. They need to have a valid search warrant or must have cause to believe, more than just a suspicion, that a crime is currently being committed or that you are about to commit a crime.
If they conduct a search without first establishing probable cause, this may provide me with grounds to file a motion to have the evidence they discovered suppressed, so it cannot be used as direct evidence against you in court.
As a former law enforcement officer, I understand what mistakes may be made in regard to a search, seizure or arrest in a drug case. I use this unique knowledge to more effectively handle my clients' cases.
When I investigate a drug crime case, I always look to determine whether my client was subjected to an unreasonable search and seizure in violation of their fourth amendment rights. I leave no stone unturned in my exhaustive investigation and fight to assert their constitutional rights against unwarranted searches.