Evidence Of Search And Seizure Violations As A Defense Strategy
Charged with possession of drugs in Houston or Harris County? The case is not over; in fact, it is just getting started. Defenses to drug charges often involve questions of whether the police acted improperly in the search of a person found in possession of drugs.
If police misconduct occurred, then the results of the search — including any drugs or other evidence found during the course of the search — may not be admissible at trial and may not be used against the person accused of drug crimes. Discover whether this was the case before you were arrested or charged with a drug crime. Contact me, defense attorney R. Todd Bennett, in Houston, by calling R. Todd Bennett, P.C. or sending an email request for a consultation.
Know Your Rights
What do you need to know about your rights in regard to searches and seizures? Consider the following:
- Your right to be free from illegal searches and seizures is a well-established legal principle that has been in place since our nation was created.
- The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the Texas Constitution prohibit illegal searches and seizures, so your rights are protected by both state and federal law.
- In Texas, search warrants are generally required to justify a police search. Although there are a number of exceptions to the search warrant requirement, those exceptions must be carefully articulated by police and still must follow strict procedures or they will be deemed illegal.
A Dedicated Advocate For Those Who Have Been Illegally Searched
I am attorney Todd Bennett, and I am not only board-certified in criminal law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, but also have more than 25 years of legal experience in criminal law.
My history of obtaining results in drug cases and my well-known commitment to my clients have led to many honors and awards, including being AV Preeminent peer-review rated* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating, and being listed in Best Lawyers in America.**
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I will gladly sit down with you and help you understand all of your rights and give you a straightforward assessment of whether those rights were violated during a search by law enforcement officers.
*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.
**Best Lawyers in America is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publications in the legal profession.