4th Amendment Rights, Illegal Search Lawyer

Overview of 4th Amendment Rights

Criminal Defense Guide to your Rights Against Illegal Searches and Seizures and Violations of 4th Amendment Rights. Navigate the links to the left to explore the following areas of criminal law:

What are Warrants?

A warrant is an order from a judge or magistrate giving law enforcement authority to act in a certain manner, depending on whether the judge signed an Arrest Warrant or a Search Warrant... (more) (Help! I have a Warrant!)

What is a Pat-Down or Frisk Search?

A pat down frisk, also known as a street search or terry stop, is when an officer uses his or her hands to pat down your outer clothing, typically to ensure there are no weapons for officer safety, although recent cases and court decisions often allow a pat down for drugs as well...

Plain View Search

A plain view search is when a law enforcement officer is able to see, in plain view, contraband or an item that gives rise to probable cause for arrest, or, reasonable suspicion to search further...

Consent Search

A consent search is when an officer of the law asks you for permission to search an area, or in your pockets, car, home, etc... (more)

Search Incident to Arrest

A search incident to arrest is where an officer searches you, a bag or purse, or your automobile after you have already been arrested (cited or cuffed). Generally, there are two types of search incident to arrest: Search While Being Arrested and Search During Traffic Stop...

Search of bags or belongings

Sometimes officer can search your belongings, such as a bag or backpack, even if they are not near you when you have been arrested or frisked...

Automobile (Car) Search

Where an officer searches your automobile / car / vehicle...

Search of Home

Search of your home, often leading to arrest or seizure of evidence from house...

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