Kalamazoo Illegal Search and Seizure Attorney
If you do not consent to a search of your person or property and police do not have a warrant in Kalamazoo, anything that they find can be rendered inadmissible in court. In some drug crime cases, illegal search and seizure can break apart the prosecution’s case, and it is important for anyone accused of a narcotics related offense to work with a drug crimes lawyer in Kalamazoo who knows how to seek out, identify, and expose illegal search and seizure issues and other rights violations in drug crime cases. Grabel & Associates is a firm with ample experience protecting clients statewide from wrongful conviction, and our attorneys are trusted by clients in misdemeanor and felony cases to defend against the life-altering penalties that can result from a drug related conviction. Contact our firm now for a free initial case consultation and let us begin protecting your rights as you fight back against police and prosecutors trying to send you behind bars.
For over 15 years, founding attorney Scott Grabel has been providing top-level defense to clients statewide in drug possession, distribution, and cultivation/manufacture cases. Along with the rest of our skilled trial attorneys, Scott Grabel will walk you through what you need to do in order to protect your constitutionally-granted rights, and we are committed to ensuring you are not wrongly conviction based on evidence gained through an illegal search. If you don’t know whether or not a police or agency search in your case was lawful, contact our team now and let us work through the specifics of your case with you. If you do suspect that your rights or the rights of your loved one were infringed upon, contact our team right now and begin fighting for justice. We are always available to work with clients in drug crime cases and know what you need to do to get the results you deserve in your case.
Do I Have to Consent to a Search? Constitutional Protection Against Illegal Search and Seizure
Unless the police have a valid warrant, you never need to consent to a search, and never should, even if you know you are innocent. The 4th amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects every individual against unreasonable searches and seizures, which means that private areas such as your home, vehicle, and person cannot be searched without your consent or a warrant. While police and investigators can do a “plain-view” search and gather evidence from anything they can easily see, hear, or smell, anything that you could reasonably expect to be private is constitutionally protected.
Kalamazoo Illegal Search and Seizure Defense
What Is Search? What Is Seizure?
There are really two different things protected by the constitution which can apply to drug crime cases. The first is search, which is fairly self-explanatory; if a person’s vehicle, body, or home is searched with police who are attempting to gather evidence, a warrant or the accused’s consent must be obtained. While there are exceptions to the warrant requirement, they are rare, and it is always a good idea to decline a police search until you can begin working with your lawyer. If you don’t consent and officers do proceed to search, anything they find will be inadmissible unless they had some valid exception to the law, so you have nothing to lose by declining their requests for a search.
Seizure occurs when an individual is detained, and if an arrest is not going to take place, police cannot hold an individual for any unreasonable amount of time. If you have been detained, simply ask if you are under arrest, and if the answer is no, leave and contact your lawyer.
The Grabel & Associates drug crime defense team knows what constitutes an illegal search or unreasonable seizure, and we will protect you or your loved one from both as you deal with police investigations and a possible trial. We are committed to constant availability because we know you may need legal advice right now, so call now and get in touch with our team to find out more about how to protect yourself in your unique case. Our lawyers will treat your case as if it were our own freedom on the line, and as such will be willing to do whatever it takes to protect you. Don’t settle for less than the best with jail time, fines, and a criminal record on the line. The Grabel & Associates team is ready now to begin advising you on how to defend against illegal search and seizure in Kalamazoo.
Contact Grabel & Associates for Kalamazoo Drug Crime Defense
Whatever specific legal issues you are facing in your drug crime case, contact our firm right away to begin defending your freedom. We can be reached now at 1-800-342-7896 toll free, or online, and will start working with you to develop a unique and effective defense approach right away.