The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution places specific limits on the power of the police to make arrests, search people and their property, and to seize objects and items, including contraband, such as illegal drugs or weapons. These limits are not mere guidelines; they are a complete set of search and seizure laws, specific provisions designed to protect your privacy, which must be followed by the police in order to legally secure certain evidence of crimes against you, including drug-related crimes. If you or someone you know feel that your rights may have been violated during an arrest for drug related crimes in Chicago, it's vital that you contact a Chicago drug crime defense attorney right away to assist you with your legal case.
Drug-related crimes are a major source of contention and debate in the United States. Because of this, politicians, police and prosecutors are under a lot of pressure to try and reduce crimes associated with the manufacture, distribution and use of illegal drugs. As noble and important as this quest may be, the police in its activities cannot knowingly or unknowingly abuse it power in the process and violate your Fourth Amendment rights. If they do, and a court finds that an unreasonable search occurred, any evidence seized as a result of the search cannot be used as direct evidence against you in a state or federal criminal prosecution.
Search and seizure laws are extremely complex and can potentially be misinterpreted by anyone, including seasoned prosecutors and even judges, let alone police officers who may have with little or no experience with Constitutional law. Because of this, if you or someone you know has been charged with a drug crime in Chicago, Evanston or Cicero, it's in your best interest to immediately contact a knowledgeable Search and Seizure Defense Lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege. The legal team will thoroughly investigate your case and submit any necessary motion to suppress evidence that may have been obtained illegally.
Contact a Chicago drug crime defense lawyer from the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today if you have been arrested after an illegal search and seizure.
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