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Understanding the Fourth Amendment and its Exceptions

Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C.

While all Americans are afforded certain unalienable rights, the grim reality is not every individual or authoritative figure that lives in the United States understands these rights. This includes police, traffic enforcers, and others that work for the government. The Fourth Amendment is a great example of rights that are afforded to US residents under the Constitution of the United States.

Despite its importance, the Fourth Amendment is gravely misunderstood. Many police officers overstep their duties and rights as enforcers of the law, putting you and your privacy at risk. Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. is a southeast Virginia law firm offering knowledgeable Courtland traffic defense attorneys to those who need experienced legal assistance. We want you to know the rights that you are afforded and find justice for those that have been impeded upon.

The Fourth Amendment and its Definition

The purpose of the Fourth Amendment is to protect people’s privacy from the government. It keeps the personal property from the hands of local, state, and federal governments.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Complications with the Fourth Amendment come as this alteration to the US Constitution protects residents of the United States from search and seizure, except under certain circumstances. The caveat is that this determination is subjective, and many police attempts to gain the right to seize property. Despite not even being arrested for a crime, there are other incidents in which there is an exception to the search warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment.

Exceptions to the Fourth Amendment

There are numerous examples in which someone’s right to privacy may be revoked by authorities under federal law. Remember that these are legal and therefore fall within the rights of police officers who have pulled you over.

  • The presence of “exigent circumstances” means that if police officers or federal agents believe that the public is in immediate harm, they can take action to prevent said harm or the destruction of evidence.
  • Giving consent also allows law enforcement to search and seize property.
  • Being arrested or detained means that police officers are now allowed to bypass a search warrant and search your property.
  • Officers being able to see illegal paraphernalia means they are then legally able to access your personal property and seize it, should it violate the law.
  • Legitimate reasoning to stop a vehicle such as suspected driving under the influence, criminal activity, or other illegal actions gives officers the exception needed to bypass your Fourth Amendment Rights.

Some of these exceptions are often bent out of shape when police officers desire to search and seize. This is one of the most common questions and issues that arise in traffic defense law.

Call a Courtland Traffic Defense Attorney Today

Courtland traffic defense attorneys at Randall, Page & Bruch, P.C. are working around the clock to defend the rights of those we represent. Through many years of representing clients in a wide range of cases, we know that we are well-equipped to take on complicated cases that are presented to us. Please reach out to us at 757-517-8956 or click here for the most committed attorneys in the field of traffic defense law.

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