When Can Evidence in Criminal Cases Be Suppressed?

Evidence in criminal cases often consists of evidence that law enforcement officers seized from you, your home, or your vehicle whether it occurs before, during, or after an arrest. However, police officers must follow certain rules in seizing evidence, and if they fail to do so, the court could order that the illegally seized evidence be suppressed or excluded from use at trial. In some cases, this can result in criminal charges being dismissed, if there is no longer sufficient admissible evidence to support the charges. The U.S. Constitution protects all Americans from unlawful searches and seizures. In general, police must have a warrant in order to search you, your home, or your vehicle, unless an exception applies. When police conduct an illegal search that turns up evidence of criminal activity, a criminal defense attorney may be able to file a motion to suppress that evidence on the basis that it was illegally obtained. When Can Evidence in Criminal Cases Be Suppressed?…

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