Many people mistakenly believe that the only way law enforcement can enter and search their home is with a search warrant. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There are a number of situations in which law enforcement can enter and search your home or vehicle without your consent or a warrant. If you believe that law enforcement violated your right against unreasonable search and seizure, you should speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. An attorney can review the details of the search and your arrest to determine if police violated your civil rights during the process.
Many people are familiar with a search warrant, a signed court order by a judge that allows police to lawfully search a certain place to look for certain items.
In a recent blog, the topic of search and seizure was discussed. Specifically, how it relates to drug charges. Drug crimes are common in Memphis. Many of these crimes are brought to the attention of authorities because of a search and seizure.
Drug crimes in Memphis are common, and those who are convicted could endure serious penalties for the charges they face. Often, a search and seizure by authorities leads to the drug charges. But an illegal search and seizure can make it difficult or impossible for prosecutors to convict a defendant. What is an illegal search and seizure?
Most people in Memphis find that drugs are not something that they want in their neighborhood. Drug crimes can hurt neighborhoods by bringing in increased crime and lowering property values. Drug crimes are aggressively prosecuted and a person who is convicted of these crimes can face stiff penalties.
Drug crimes in Memphis can be serious offenses. The punishment for drug offenses usually depends on the amount and type of drugs involved but can lead to prison time, loss of a good professional and personal reputation and other serious consequences.
Drug crimes and drug charges in Memphis carry serious consequences for those who are accused. In addition to legal consequences, just being arrested and not even convicted can be detrimental for a person's reputation. The public may already believe the defendant is guilty even though they don't know anything about the case. This can be just as damaging as the charge itself.
The image of police using drug-sniffing dogs to search a home, car or other property is something with which many Memphis residents will be familiar. Authorities have often relied on this tactic and drug dogs have contributed to many criminal charges filed against defendants. For example, one man was recently charged in Tennessee with serious drug charges after a drug sniffing dog allegedly found marijuana in his recreational vehicle.
Memphis police came down hard on a group of five people in East Memphis recently. After a drug bust was led by the Organized Crime Unit, police arrested the group on multiple counts of drug charges.