PENNSYLVANIA DRUG CRIMES ATTORNEY

THE LAW OF SUPPRESSION

Suppression

In a nutshell, the 4th amendment of the United States Constitution says that you have the right to be free from illegal search and seizure from the government.

If you have an expectation of privacy in something the government may not take it or search it unless the government has reasonable suspicion that crime is afoot or probable cause to believe criminal activity is taking place.

Your Motion

If the government does search or seize something and the government did not have the required reasonable suspicion or probable cause, the government should not be allowed to use that seized item against the person from whom it was seized in a court of law. If the government is shown to have operated illegally, the item seized should be excluded from evidence in the case against the person from whom it was seized.

In most drug and narcotics cases, the government searches a person, house or car, and seizes some type of narcotics, paraphernalia, packaging materials, scales and guns. Often times a motion to suppress some or all of the items seized by the government is the single best defense in fighting a drug case; sometimes it’s the only defense.

The government will vigorously fight a motion to suppress, so be sure you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer from The Zeiger Firm.