Protecting Your Constitutional Rights
The U.S. and Virginia Constitutions are special, invaluable documents that protect the rights of individuals and limit government action. The Fourth Amendment protects your right to be FREE from unreasonable searches and seizures. When an officer pulls you over in a traffic stop, his/her actions must comply with the Fourth Amendment. When police conduct a search of a person or place, they must have sufficient cause to do so. When law enforcement makes an arrest, they must have probable cause to justify their actions.
Before arguing over what the evidence may or may not prove, often the first step for the defense is to ask whether the evidence can be suppressed (“thrown out,” or excluded from trial). At MacDowell Law Group, P.C., our Fairfax firm aggressively defends the rights of individuals who have been charged with a crime. We use our knowledge of the law to protect our client’s rights. We use suppression motions, motions to dismiss and other pretrial motions when we determine that a clients’ constitutional rights have been violated.
Building A Strong Case For A Variety Of Unlawful Police Actions
Examples of an unreasonable search and seizure may include:
- An unlawful vehicle stop in a DUI case or traffic stop
- An unlawful search in a drug case
- An unlawful entry onto your property, or into your residence
- An unlawful search in a weapons case
- An unlawful arrest that is not based on probable cause
Any time the police violate a person’s reasonable expectation of privacy by unreasonably searching a home, car, office or even an individual’s clothing, they violate the constitution. Any evidence seized in violation of a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights may be suppressed.
Do You Think That Your Rights Were Violated? Talk To Us Today.
Our criminal defense attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases in Virginia and have tremendous experience in suppression motions. We believe that every person has a right to a vigorous defense.
Protect your rights. Obtain an experienced criminal defense lawyer who will raise appropriate constitutional challenges in your case and provide the strong defense you require. Call 571-748-5647 or complete our online form to contact our legal team for your FREE initial consultation.