Houston Illegal Search and Seizure Defense Lawyers
Your Fourth Amendment Rights: We Fight to Protect Them
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution secures the rights of Americans to be safe from the illegal search and seizure of property. If you have been charged with a drug offense in a Texas state or federal court, your case may come down to defending yourself against the illegal search and seizure of evidence by the police. Keeping illegal evidence out of court is often the difference between being found guilty and not guilty, and having the case dismissed outright.
"No warrant 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."
How an Illegal Search and Seizure Affects You in a DWI or Drug Possession Case
In summary, the Fourth Amendment protects people from police seizing your personal property without a valid warrant, as part of an investigation to make an arrest. If you have been charged with a crime, you will need an attorney with the knowledge to protect your Fourth Amendment rights. Attorney Joseph Salhab has the experience you can rely on. Drug charges, in particular, often stem from illegal search and seizure of property.
At the Law Office of Joseph Salhab, we use our experience to recognize when police investigators have overstepped their legal authority and seized property to use against you as evidence in court. By protecting your Fourth Amendment rights, we are often able to have critical evidence excluded from consideration in a trial before a court or jury. When prosecutors know that the amount of legal evidence against you is limited, your charges can often be dismissed or reduced to a lesser charge with reduced penalties.
The Fourth Amendment Warrant Requirement Doesn't Always Apply
Under our Constitution, a person maintains a "reasonable expectation of privacy." However, under circumstances when no "expectation of privacy" should be expected, police may search and seize property without a warrant. Every case has its own unique set of circumstances regarding privacy, and your lawyer will need knowledge, skills and experience to argue on your behalf.
Texas Board-Certified Criminal Law Specialist
Contact us to discuss the circumstances of your DUI or criminal charges. How hard you fight to protect your Fourth Amendment rights often makes the difference between being found guilty or not guilty.
*CV, BV and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties, Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.
Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.