Your Rights During a Police Stop, Search, or Seizure
The Fourth Amendment protects you against unreasonable search and seizure in the United States. You have every right to decline a police officer’s request to search your property without a warrant. You also have the right to leave if you are not under arrest. If police stop and search you, you can ask if you are being detained. If you are not under arrest, you are free to leave.
You also have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present during questioning. You must know and exercise your rights during an investigation to avoid incriminating yourself.
What if You’re the Subject of an Illegal Search & Seizure
It can be incredibly frustrating when your Fourth Amendment rights are violated, but it can positively impact your case. When you are the victim of an unlawful search and seizure, any evidence obtained during the search will be omitted from your criminal trial. This is called the exclusionary rule.
Without that evidence, a prosecutor could struggle to prove your charges beyond a reasonable doubt. If they lack sufficient evidence, your case could be dismissed entirely.
Hire an Indiana Criminal Defense Attorney
Contact a lawyer immediately if you believe law enforcement violated your Fourth Amendment rights during their investigation. An illegal search and seizure attorney will fight hard to bring you the best possible outcome in your Indiana criminal case and protect your rights moving forward.
As your Indiana defense attorney, Allison Chopra can interview investigators in your case and determine whether they had reasonable suspicion, probable cause, or a warrant to search and seize your property or person. From there, she can file a motion to suppress any evidence they obtained unlawfully and work with you to determine the most suitable defense.
At Chopra Criminal Defense, our team will systematically review your case. Allison can carefully sort through every step of the investigative process—down to each code that law enforcement officials cited to ensure no discrepancies or errors. With this approach, every possible option is considered in your defense.
File a Motion to Suppress
If you were subjected to an unlawful search and seizure, the unlawfully-obtained evidence won’t automatically disappear. You must file a motion to suppress with the court to object to the admission of evidence. A motion should be filed in a timely manner, typically 10 or more days before the jury trial.
As your legal advocate, Allison Chopra can file a motion to suppress evidence on your behalf. By including evidence of your own and citing the Fourth Amendment, we can further support our motion to suppress. If the judge grants our motion, the evidence against you will be pulled from your case, ultimately benefitting your defense at trial.
Were Your Fourth Amendment Rights Violated? Call Chopra Criminal Defense Today.
If you’ve been arrested in Indiana, you might feel like a conviction is inevitable. But it doesn’t have to be. An illegal search and seizure attorney from Chopra Criminal Defense can help you figure out if your Fourth Amendment rights were violated and fight for unlawfully obtained evidence to be dismissed.
Even if you cannot prove an unreasonable search and seizure occurred, other effective defenses are still available. Bloomington defense lawyer Allison Chopra is here to answer any questions, evaluate your charges, and strategize with you on the next steps.
Contact Indiana illegal search and seizure lawyer Allison Chopra today for a free, virtual consultation: (812) 671-0103.