Unlawful Search And Seizure

Law enforcement searches — of your home, your vehicle, your workplace or your person — are always invasive, which is why searches and seizures of your property are restricted by the Fourth Amendment. A police search can lead to criminal charges; or if you've already been charged, a search can help lead to a conviction or a harsher sentence. Because these searches have a huge impact on the outcome of your case, it's crucial to ensure that law enforcement officers follow the law while investigating a suspicion or formal charge of criminal activity.

The earlier you hold police officers accountable to the law, the better. It's possible to have certain legal outcomes thrown out if evidence was gathered in an inappropriate way, but a favorable outcome is more likely if you act quickly. M. Victoria Cole Law Firm P.C. can help you stand up for your rights.

How Unlawful Search And Seizure Can Influence A Sexual Assault Case

It's especially important to assert your Fourth Amendment protections from unlawful search and seizure if you're facing charges of sexual assault. Some defendants make the mistake of inviting officers to search their home because they did nothing wrong, only to find out later that ambiguous DNA evidence is being used against the defendant. A hair or bodily fluid might be invisible to the naked eye, but such evidence can lead to years in prison. If officers ask to search your home without a warrant, speak to a lawyer right away.

Experienced Criminal Defense In Eastern Iowa

When you hire us to defend you against a criminal charge, we will conduct a thorough investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding your arrest. We will look at how police gathered evidence against you, including whether there was probable cause for any search, seizure or arrest. We will question witnesses, review police reports and work directly with you to identify and develop all effective defenses.

For a confidential consultation with an experienced Cedar Rapids criminal law attorney, contact us online or call us at 319-313-2034. We can arrange evening and weekend meetings as needed, and we will travel to your home or to the jail to meet with you, if necessary.

Our office is located in Cedar Rapids behind Casey's gas station, directly across the street from the Super Target on Edgewood Road.