Tag Archives: Fourth Amendment

Privacy, cell phones and police searches – lock up your phones!

The United States Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures.  Under the Fourth Amendment, the police must either have a search warrant or some recognized exception to be able to legally search (and therefore gather evidence to be used against you). One of the exceptions is a search “incident to an arrest.”  Since 1973, […]

Search and Seizure

Along with questions about when the police are required to give somebody their Miranda rights, the next most often question people ask me is about getting evidence suppressed or “thrown out” of court.  The Fourth Amendment is your legal protection against unreasonable searches by the government.  Without first obtaining a search warrant from a judge […]