Illegal Search And Seizure
The Fourth Amendment
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Many drug cases rest on the procedures leading up to the arrest. Police always believe they made a clean arrest, respecting the accused’s constitutional rights. The truth is, every arrest is unique in some way, and one of the most powerful tools a defense attorney has is to examine the procedures to ensure that the arrest was properly and lawfully made.
Holding Police Accountable For Illegal Drug Raids And Illegal Stops
At The Law Office of Jessica Koester, LLC, we analyze each case for Fourth Amendment violations, asking these key questions:
- Was a home, apartment or place of business searched without a warrant, probable cause, consent or emergency?
- Was a vehicle subjected to search and seizure without probable cause?
- Were arrests made on warrants of probable cause?
- Did a search and seizure at a public school violate the rights of the accused?
The area of search and seizure is complex and evolving, and includes precedents embedded in hundreds of thousands of prior cases. No ordinary citizen can expect to be “up” on the minutiae of search and seizure law. But Jessica Koester is respected throughout southern Illinois for her knowledge of the law and her skill in applying it to client cases.