The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government.
The 4th Amendment
*The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.*
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. A search can mean everything from law enforcement patting you down to a search of an individual*s home or car. A search can even be the gathering of a blood sample from an individual. A seizure occurs when the government takes *control* of an individual or something in his or her possession. Most people believe that a seizure refers to an *arrest.* However, seizures entail many other types of encounters with law enforcement. A seizure occurs when a reasonable person believes that they are not free to end an encounter with law enforcement. Items that are seized are used as evidence when the individual is charged with a crime.
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.
Therefore, if you or a loved one are charged with a crime, and you think your constitutional rights were violated, it is important that you speak with experience attorneys such as Anthony Bruno & Peter Schoenthal.
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