Unlawful Searches

Information from Knowledgeable Indianapolis Civil Rights Lawyers

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects all citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. The amendment is key to regulating our interactions with law enforcement. Police officers receive training on how to collect the evidence through legal, justified means while still respecting all citizens' rights. However, every year, countless unreasonable searches still occur, resulting in invalid criminal charges and other detriments to the victims' lives.

If you believe that you were subject to an unreasonable search due to police misconduct, then our team at Keffer Barnhart LLP invites you to contact us. As knowledgeable Indianapolis civil rights attorneys and experienced criminal defense counselors, we have an uncommon understanding of how these illegal searches occur, how they affect victims and their families, and who should be held responsible when they happen. Our clients subjected to these searches deserve to have their rights asserted before the law and we work tirelessly to ensure that their voice is heard.

It is possible to have the final word on your illegal search. Contact us today to start exploring your legal options.

Legal vs Illegal Searches

There are very few circumstances in which police officers can legally search your person or your property. Unfortunately, these circumstances are often ignored by overzealous or abusive law enforcement officers who believe they can blur the rules of due process to secure an arrest.

Law enforcement is allowed to search you if:

They have permission. If you give a police officer verbal permission to search you or your property, they have the legal right to do so.

They have a warrant. If law enforcement presents evidence they have accumulated from an investigation to a judge, they may obtain a warrant to search a premises or make an arrest (or both).

They have probable cause. When an officer observes indications that a crime has been committed, is about to be committed, or that a citizen is actively destroying evidence of a recent crime, they may be able to search you or property. A simple example of this is, during a traffic stop, an officer notices a driver slurring his words. Because this is an indication of drunk driving, the officer is likely clear to proceed with blood alcohol content testing and, if needed, a DUI arrest.

If you believe that you or your property were searched under circumstances that do not include the above, then our firm is ready to hear your story. These abuses by law enforcement deserve to be answered for and our team is ready to bring decisive legal action against the agencies responsible on your behalf.

Start the process by filling out our online form and requesting a free case evaluation with our team today.

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