Unlawful Search and Seizure

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides all individuals protection from unreasonable government intrusion into their personal lives, which can include their homes, businesses and other forms of property (such as cars). If damaging evidence is found through unlawful measures, that evidence may be considered inadmissible in a court of law.

Because the law can often be confusing and difficult to navigate, it is important to seek the help of an experienced attorney if you have been charged with a crime. To learn more about search and seizure and your legal rights, please contact Austin criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis today by calling (512) 472-1950.

Search and Seizure Guidelines

In order for a law enforcement official to have a right to search you and/or your property, one or more of the following documents or conditions typically must be present:

  • A valid search warrant
  • A valid arrest warrant
  • "Probable cause" that an individual has committed a crime

Because a warrant must be obtained by a judge, there is little a defendant can do to fight against search and seizure in that regard. However, "probable cause" may have some gray area that could be argued in a court of law. To help ensure you are treated fairly in front of a judge and jury and the evidence that is brought against you was lawfully obtained, you should work with an attorney who is well-versed in criminal defense and can present your case in a favorable light.

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If you or someone you love has been charged with a crime, contact Austin criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis by calling (512) 472-1950 today.


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