MD Unreasonable Search & Seizure
In a perfect world, the police would know exactly who the "good guy" is and who the "bad guy" is. At the same time, there would be no innocent people wrongfully convicted (but there are) and there would be no convicted people facing consequences that do not fit the crime (such as lengthy prison sentences for relatively minor drug possession cases).
Because the justice system is not perfect, we have the 4th Amendment, which governs search and seizure law. There are a few places that immediately come to mind when it comes to how and where police officers conduct their searches. These include your home, your car, and yourself.
Police often search these places and overstep their authority. The 4th Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, but searches and seizures are often unreasonable. If you have been arrested for a crime, contact me, Baltimore criminal attorney Jim Crawford, at 443-701-4525 or toll free at 866-635-0623 for a free consultation.
Fighting Unconstitutional Searches and Seizures
I've been handling criminal cases since 1992. I've represented thousands of people throughout Maryland, helping to defend them against a range of charges, from traffic violations to violent felonies to white collar crime. I've also seen the science of forensic DNA testing and lab analysis put a whole new spin on search and seizure law.
But, no matter the case, I always ask the same question: did the police conduct a reasonable search? This is a criminal defense lawyer's major concern. It doesn't matter whether you "did it or not." All that matters is whether the police have gone too far.
Know Your Rights
There are many circumstances that may not require a warrant for a search. Some examples include:
- Giving your consent to be searched
- Allowing officers into your home
- Leaving drugs or other contraband in plain view
- Getting arrested for a traffic offense (police can search your car and body)
- Getting arrested on the street (police can search your body)
- If the police officer fears for his or her own safety or the safety of others
Give Me a Call
There are many circumstances where it's unclear. That's why the issue is litigated in court over and over again. That's also why it's important to find a Baltimore 4th amendment rights lawyer who always asks the question, "Did the police conduct a reasonable search?" and has the experience to back it up if the answer is "No." Contact me at 443-701-4525 or toll free at 866-635-0623 to discuss your case.