Search & Seizure Defense Attorneys
At Acosta Law Group, we are committed to protecting the rights of the criminally accused. We understand that the state has considerable resources and considerable power. People accused of crimes or unlawfully arrested need a dedicated and skilled defense attorney who can even the playing field — an advocate who will fight for justice on their behalf and hold the prosecution to its burden of proof.
One of the ways that we provide a strong defense for our clients is by carefully reviewing police conduct that led to an arrest. In the course of our investigation, we may discover that law enforcement has violated our client’s constitutional rights. If so, we can take legal action designed to seek the suppression of evidence obtained in violation of our client’s rights. If successful, we may be able to get charges dismissed, or improve our client’s opportunity for obtaining an acquittal at trial or a favorable plea agreement.
Your Fourth Amendment Rights
The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. When a court determines that law enforcement has obtained evidence as a result of an unconstitutional search and seizure, evidence resulting from the search of seizure must be suppressed (may not be admitted as evidence at trial).
Motions to suppress may be made in any case where law enforcement has conducted an unconstitutional search and seizure, where a judge has issued a search warrant that is not supported by probable cause or where law enforcement has exceeded the scope of a search warrant.
Considerable case law has explored the issue of when a search or seizure is unreasonable. Our criminal defense lawyers are very knowledgeable about search and seizure law and have had success in many cases suppressing evidence obtained as a result of an unconstitutional search and seizure.
Search and seizure issues may arise in the context of many criminal cases, but they are particularly prevalent in cases involving drug charges, where an officer has searched a person, home or car to seize drugs. Search and seizure issues may also be critical to your defense if you have been charged with a weapons offense, violent crime, sex crime, computer crime or other crime in which the police have gathered evidence in a constitutionally impermissible manner. Given our experience in suppression motions, we are in a unique position to protect your rights and raise such issues to your benefit.