If you believe that your rights have been violated, talk to a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At the law firm of Bentley, Gibson, Kopecki, Smith, P.C., we understand illegal search and seizure laws, and what police officers can and cannot do.

  • Did the police search your car during a traffic stop?
  • Were you frisked on the street by the police, in a situation where they did not have reasonable suspicion that you were concealing a weapon?
  • Were you frisked on the street by the police, in a situation where they did not have reasonable suspicion that you were concealing a weapon?

If law enforcement searched your home, your body, or your property without probable cause and without your permission, your Constitutional rights may have been violated. What’s more, the evidence collected during the search may not be admissible as evidence against you in court.

Understanding Your Constitutional Protections

The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Pennsylvania Constitution both protect individuals from unlawful search and seizure. This means that the police cannot search your car, your home, your body, or your private property without probable cause. Determining what constitutes probable cause is something that you should discuss with an attorney as soon as possible following your arrest, traffic stop or investigation.

Our attorneys can take a close look at the details of your case and determine if your rights have been violated. We will analyze your case from every angle to determine your strongest legal options. If your property has been illegally searched, we will defend your rights and explore all possible defenses.

If possible, talk to a defense lawyer before you talk to the police. Any information you provide could end up being used against you – even if you are just answering their questions or explaining what happened.

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