Strip Searches

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Have you or a loved one been subject of a strip search at the hands of law enforcement? If so, you may have the grounds to seek damages from the agency responsible. The Fourth Amendment of our Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable searches and not only are strip searches a violation of this right, but a repulsive abuse of power by the police officers who needlessly order and facilitate them. At Keffer Barnhart LLP, we understand the personal violation and embarrassment that these searches inflict on victims and work tirelessly to ensure the responsible parties recognize the dignity of our clients.

This violation of your rights deserves to be answered for. Contact our skilled Indianapolis civil rights attorneys today to request a free case evaluation.

Strip searches—who is at risk?

Strip searches can happen to any citizens (even children) interacting with police officers and any inmates being monitored by correctional officers. Many times, victims comply with strip searches—even if they are humiliated—because they believe that are legally obligated to. In these cases, police officers and correctional officers often target victims to intimidate or punish them, or even for their own amusement.

Common victims of strip searches include:

  • Correctional inmates
  • Transgender citizens
  • Sex workers
  • Female citizens
  • Teenage citizens
  • Elderly citizens

Are strip searches ever necessary?

Whether or not strip searches should be allowed is a point of contention among many. In 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers could, in fact, strip search citizens if they had probable cause to believe that there were weapons, drugs, or contraband on their person.

However, probable cause remains key for conducting these searches. As civil rights and criminal defense attorneys, our lawyers at Keffer Barnhart LLP are well-versed in the role that probable cause plays in interactions with police officers. We know what to look for in these cases and when decisive action needs to be taken against parties responsible for violating our clients' rights.

Want to learn more about your eligibility to receive damages following your strip search? Contact us at 317.857.0160 today.

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