Understanding Search Warrants in California
Have you been the victim of an illegal search and seizure?
A search warrant allows a law enforcement officer to search you, your home, place of business, car or other specified area where it is suspected that there is evidence of illegal activity. There are circumstances that allow a police officer to undertake a search without a warrant, such as if you give your permission, upon your lawful arrest or other specific exceptions. If evidence of illegal activity is found, the officer may seize your property.
In order for a search warrant to be valid, there must be probable cause to suspect that criminal activity has occurred and that evidence of that activity is likely to exist in the place described in the warrant. It must be issued by a judge who reasonably believes that the warrant is valid. There are limitations as to where a law enforcement official may search and these are outlined in the warrant. If the boundaries of the warrant are not followed, anything found or seized is not admissible as evidence. The police must follow a strict procedure when executing a search warrant. If these procedures are not followed, a violation of your rights has occurred. Tough representation by a skilled criminal defense attorney may be able to prove that the search and seizure of your property was unconstitutional. Any charges against you based on evidence found under illegal circumstances could be dismissed.
Over 35 Years of Experience
At Petty and Warshawsky, Attorneys at Law, our combined 35 years of experience in criminal defense can be utilized to help protect your rights. If you have been charged with a
drug crime or other offense based on an illegal search and seizure, we strongly urge you to act quickly. We represent clients all throughout Fairfield, Vallejo and Solano County in their criminal matters; the sooner you contact us, the better your chances are of reaching an outcome that you desire.
The facts of your case need to be investigated and an aggressive defense strategy should be outlined and executed immediately. This will help to minimize the charges against you or even have your case dismissed.
If your Fourth Amendment rights have been violated by an illegal search and seizure,
contact a Solano County criminal defense lawyer
to help fight for your rights.