What search and seizure rights have to do with drug crimes

In Wisconsin and all other states, a person accused of a crime is guaranteed the right to an attorney and the right to present a criminal defense. Facing charges for drug crimes is no small matter, as prosecutors are often quite aggressive in their efforts to secure convictions. If a defendant clearly understands his or her personal rights regarding search and seizure, the chances of staying out of jail may be increased.  

The U.S. Constitution contains many a number of amendments that pertain to various issues regarding personal rights. The Fourth Amendment that addresses searches and seizures. It states that every person in the United States has a right to privacy in certain situations.  

It's critical that a person who wishes to challenge search and seizure evidence be able to show the court that he or she had the right to expect privacy in the situation that led to the arrest. Some of the typical conditions to where privacy is presumed include a person who is inside his or her home, driving a personal vehicle or carrying something that contains personal property, such as a wallet or suitcase. If police search any of these things and then make an arrest on suspicion of drug crimes because of an item or items they seized during the search, a defendant may ask the court to deem the evidence inadmissible if it is claimed that a violation of personal rights occurred.  

Determining whether a law enforcement agent violated someone's personal rights can be tricky. This is why most Wisconsin residents charged with drug crimes or other criminal offenses seek experienced legal representation before heading to court. One of the first services an attorney can provide is to investigate the events leading up to an arrest to assess whether a client's rights were violated.  

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