Illegal Search and Seizure in Ann Arbor

Many criminal cases, especially drug crime cases, utilize evidence found during a police search. These searches and the evidence seized through them are not always lawful, however, and challenging violations of your right to be protected against illegal search and seizure could be pivotally important as you battle back against potential conviction and the serious penalties that could result. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates have extensive experience working with clients in all types of criminal cases, including drug possession, distribution, and manufacture cases, and we know how to identify problems with search and seizure and challenge violations of your rights as you battle back against misdemeanor or felony conviction. Hire our Ann Arbor drug crime defense team now for a free initial case analysis and find out more about search and seizure defense in Washtenaw County.

Dedicated trial attorney Scott Grabel has spent over a decade working with clients in tough criminal cases, and along with the rest of our team will provide you with premier representation throughout an investigation and trial. Our lawyers know what to look for in a case to determine whether any evidence could potentially be held out of the case, and we are committed to doing whatever we can to help you achieve the best possible case result. Let our team help you as you challenge unlawful searches or illegally seized evidence now – we are available 24/7 to begin working with you or your loved one.

Constitutional Rights Regarding Search and Seizure in Ann Arbor

The 4th Amendment deals with search and seizure, and gives people the right to be secure in their own persons, houses, and effects, along with the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. In order to search an area that you could reasonably expect to be private to you, police must get a warrant. Public places, such as garbage containers, are not protected by this right, and if you are lawfully arrested your person can be searched. Objects in plain sight or smell when you are pulled over or otherwise stopped as part of a lawful investigation are also not protected by this amendment.

Contact our lawyers now to find out more about how your right against illegal search and seizure could affect your drug crime case. We are always available to begin defending your rights and guarding your freedom.

Search and Seizure in Ann Arbor Criminal Cases

There are two distinct rights protected by the 4th amendment. The first deals with a person’s right against illegal search. Searches include inspections of an individual’s person, vehicle, home, or belongings. In most cases, police will obtain a warrant before attempting to perform a search, though there are a few limited case in which that is not necessary. Firstly, and one of the most important situations to be aware of, police do not need a warrant if you consent to a search. This is why it is best not to respond to police at all before you are able to contact a lawyer. You have the right to deny a search of your home and vehicle, and if you are not under arrest, your person. Utilize this right and protect yourself from police attempts to build a case against you.

Second, as partially mentioned above, search incident to arrest (SIA) does not require a warrant. Similarly, administrative searches, roadside automobile searches, and plain view circumstances are exceptions to the necessity of a warrant.

If you want to protect yourself, it is crucial that you never consent to a search. Our Ann Arbor defense attorneys will guide you through every stage of your case, and tell you what you need to say and do as you go through investigation and a possible trial.

Seizure is also protected by the 4th amendment. In order for a seizure or arrest to be reasonable, the officer must have reasonable cause to believe the person in question actually committed a crime. Contact our team now to learn more about the standards for this and how they would relate to your situation.

Our Approach to Illegal Search and Seizure Defense in Ann Arbor

Our lawyers are committed to utilizing all our knowledge and experience to help you pursue the best available outcome in your case. No matter what it takes, our aggressive defense team will protect you from false allegations based on illegal search and seizure. Contact our team now to begin working with an experienced attorney.

Contact Grabel & Associates for 24/7 Drug Crime Defense in Ann Arbor

If you or a loved one has been accused of a criminal offense, call 1-800-342-7896 or contact our team online now. We are always available to help you or your loved one fight for freedom in Ann Arbor or anywhere else in Washtenaw County.