The police cannot enter your home to seize your property without a search warrant. While there are certain specific exceptions to this rule in most cases the police must ask a judge for a warrant to search your home before they can enter.
A citizen has a right to refuse to have the police enter their home without a search warrant. This applies to homeowners and renters as well. It is almost always a very bad idea to give law enforcement permission to search your home without first obtaining a warrant.
In a recent case the police had strong evidence that inside a home there was a very large amount of heroin. The police decided that the occupants of the home might destroy the evidence if they did not enter the home immediately. They did not get a search warrant. They did not get permission to search.
Some of the defendants were smart enough to immediately hire skilled criminal defense attorneys. These lawyers filed a very strong motion to suppress evidence. The prosecutors argued to the judge that the court should allow the search to be deemed valid on the basis that the evidence would have been destroyed if they delayed and asked the judge for a warrant.
On July 15, 2007 the judge ruled that the evidence must be suppressed. This will mean that the charges against two of the defendants will be dismissed. Instead of likely being found guilty and spending many years in prison, the defendants’ case will be dismissed due to the efforts of skilled criminal defense attorneys.
When you are accused of any drug offense it is critical that you immediately hire the services of a criminal defense law firm who has expertise in defending drug charges. An experienced criminal defense firm can spot issues that could lead to your case being dismissed. Please contact Wallin & Klarich at 888-280-6839 if you are facing drug charges. We have been helping people for almost 30 years fight drug offenses. You can visit wklaw.com for more information on how we can help you. Please keep in mind that when you are facing the loss of your freedom nothing is more important than having an experienced criminal defense firm on your side.