The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects an individual against unreasonable searches and seizures of his or her person or property. A search may involve an examination of the person or his or her surroundings and/or property. Seizure, on the other hand, refers to the taking of the actual person or property into police custody. Generally, but not always, if a seizure is determined to have been illegally made, it is because the seizure was preceded by an unacceptable search.
In many drug-related criminal cases, the arrest and evidence used to support a conviction results from a search and seizure of a person or place. If the constitutional restrictions under the fourth amendment were not appropriately followed by the investigative agency, however, the evidence may be deemed inadmissible and the charges may be dismissed through a motion that your experienced and knowledgeable defense attorney at the Law Office of Robert C. Smith would bring on your behalf.
A skilled criminal defense attorney will have the knowledge to recognize and advise his/her clients on whether the evidence leading to a drug charge may have resulted from an improper search or seizure and answer all other questions regarding the criminal justice process in state and federal drug cases.
Contact the Law Office of Robert C. Smith at 909-563-8644 if you believe a search and/or seizure was illegally conducted. We will thoroughly review your case for any possible motions to suppress evidence.