DuPage County Lawyers Defending Against Illegal Search And Seizure

Protecting You From Aggressive Police Tactics

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement. Search and seizure defenses often come into play in drug cases, where police may overstep their authority when obtaining drug evidence. If the police violated your constitutional rights, the drug evidence may be suppressed and the charges dismissed.

At Marquardt & Belmonte, P.C., we are seven former felony prosecutors who defend people accused of drug crimes in the DuPage County area. Our lawyers have dealt with the issue of illegal search and seizure from both a prosecution and defense point of view. As a result, we are very experienced in evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the state's case based on Fourth Amendment issues.

What Is An Illegal Search and Seizure?

Search and seizure issues often arise when a vehicle or person is stopped and searched by police. Police must be careful not to violate your rights in these situations. For example:

  • Police cannot stop you based on your appearance or simply because they think you may have drugs in your possession. They must have reasonable suspicion that you committed a crime.
  • Police cannot search your vehicle or your person without probable cause that you have committed a crime. Probable cause is a higher standard than reasonable suspicion.
  • Police may ask if they can search your person or vehicle. Searches based on consent are legal in most cases. However, if the request sounded like an informal order, or if you felt intimidated by the officer's actions, the search may be illegal.

Free Consultation: Contact Our Attorneys To Combat Police Misconduct

Contact us online, or call our office locally at 630-517-3279 or toll free at 888-349-0695 to schedule an appointment with a DuPage County attorney for an illegal search and seizure defense. Our office is conveniently located near the courthouse in Wheaton, Illinois.

Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.

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