Search and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment to the United States of America states that Americans are constitutionally protected from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement and government agencies.
"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 on probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized".
All searches must be done with a search warrant in place unless a search warrant exception exists. Any evidence of criminal activity cannot be used against an accused person if seized during a search conducted without a warrant or valid exception to the warrant requirement.
A search warrant is an order issued by a judge authorizing law enforcement to search property protected by the Fourth Amendment. Law enforcement officers are authorized to search for items specified in the search warrant.
A search occurs when a government or law enforcement agent conducts a search of your property, information, or conversations and a warrant must be obtained first.
Americans are protected from unreasonable searches from law enforcement or government agents under the Fourth Amendment. If a law enforcement or government agent conducts a search on your property and finds something illegal without having a warrant, without you being under arrest, or if they have no reason to suspect you have something illegal, the items found will not be able to be seized.
An unreasonable seizure of property is also prohibited under the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution. Your privacy is protected under a search whereas your property is protected when there is an unreasonable seizure. If you, yourself is being seized and you are not free to leave, there must be probable cause or reasonable suspicion that you were involved in criminal activity.
Ronald S. Chapman
Ronald S. Chapman is an experienced defense attorney who can represent you if you think you have been a victim of an unlawful search and seizure.
Ronald Chapman practices criminal defense in both State and Federal Courts within the State of Florida. Since 1990, Mr. Chapman has been representing people accused of committing various types of crimes. If you are facing criminal charges in Florida, Ronald Chapman can help.
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Ronald S. Chapman, P.A.
400 Clematis Street, Suite 206
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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