It is absolutely crucial that your lawyer have extensive and up-to-date knowledge of search and seizure law because evidence obtained through a violation of the Fourth Amendment is inadmissible at trial. This can make the difference between a conviction or freedom. As the government is actively seeking to intrude into all aspects of our rights, through the use of electronic surveillance, GPS tracking, cell tower information, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other means, it is essential that your lawyer understand how to protect your rights.
The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizure. Therefore, in order to conduct a proper search of someone's home, car, office or person, law enforcement officials must have a search warrant supported by probable cause. However, in certain circumstances, such as traffic stops, law enforcement officials may not need a warrant to conduct a search or seizure; if they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has occurred.
"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." — Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution
Federal criminal defense lawyer Hope Lefeber is an experienced, aggressive advocate for her clients' constitutional rights. She can readily identify if evidence has been unlawfully obtained and will fight to suppress it based upon the strongest and most current legal precedent.
The issue of search and seizure law is more commonly implicated in the following types of federal criminal cases:
If you are facing federal charges, having a lawyer who is highly skilled in search and seizure law can be critical to your defense. To get representation from a highly skilled defense attorney, contact the Philadelphia law office of Hope Lefeber by calling 610-668-7927 or completing our online form. Consultations are free and confidential.