The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution ensures that all American citizens are protected from “unreasonable searches and seizures” and that search warrants can only be issued if law enforcement has “probable cause” to believe that a crime was committed. This fundamental right to be “secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects” can be violated by police officers who are overzealous in their attempts to catch bad guys and stop crime.
If you feel that you have been victim of an unreasonable seizure or that your Fourth Amendment rights have been violated, you need to contact a Colorado criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can review your case and fight for your rights in court. If law enforcement did not follow proper procedure or violated your search and seizure rights when gathering evidence against you, your defense lawyer may be able to get that evidence thrown out of court.
The one phrase that causes the most problems with searches by law enforcement is “probable cause.” Colorado police officers must have a reason to suspect that a crime has been committed by your person, in your car, home or place of business. With “probable cause,” police officers can search you and your car for evidence of a crime. This comes into play most often during traffic stops. Even if you feel that police officers aren’t following procedure with a search of your car, it is in your best interest to cooperate. As you may have heard on television, you do have the right to remain silent until you speak with an attorney. In cases of searches, it may be best to exercise this right and contact a Denver criminal defense lawyer as soon as you are able.
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