Written by attorney Peter M Schoenthal

Different Types of “Searches” and Whether They Are “Unreasonable”

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. The Fourth Amendment was enacted to impose certain limitations on law enforcement investigating a crime. Therefore, the 4th Amendment prevents the use of illegally obtained evidence at trial and can sometimes lead to a criminal case being dismissed. The extent to which an individual is protected by the Fourth Amendment depends, in part, on the location of the search or seizure.

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