The Right to Refuse Vehicle Search
The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution protects citizens against illegal search and seizure of property without probable cause and a proper affidavit. This part of the constitution is also clearly upheld by the Florida state constitution, and it is part of your rights as a citizen of this state and country. If this right has been violated, then your right to justice and a fair trial has also been violated.
If your rights to privacy and protections against search and seizure of property have been violated, you need an experienced legal professional to help you seek the justice you deserve. Please contact the West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A., at 561-353-2800 for a free case evaluation.
Search and Seizure Regulations
In order for police officers or any other public officials to legally search a person’s home, papers, or possessions, they must have a signed affidavit stating a reason for the search. If you are approached by an officer or other public official, it is important to understand the following rights:
- Police cannot detain a person without reason
- Police cannot request a warrant to search an individual or his or her possessions without reasonable cause
- You have the right to refuse a search if an officer does not have a reasonable cause and a warrant
- Your refusal cannot be considered evidence against you in court
If you believe that you have been wrongfully searched, or that your Fourth Amendment rights have been violated, please contact the West Palm Beach criminal defense attorneys of Eric N. Klein & Associates, P.A., by calling 561-353-2800 for a free initial consultation.