A Federal Agent has Searched Your Home and Seized Your Property. What’s next?

By: Wallin & Klarich

If you ever contacted by Federal Agents as part of a search and seizure of your person or property, the first thing you should do is contact a Federal Criminal Lawyer because the Federal criminal justice system is a frightening place to be and you have specific constitutional rights that must be protected
The 4th Amendment provides that the “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated….” This protects two distinct types of expectations, one involving searches and the other seizures.

• A search occurs when an expectation of privacy that society is prepared to consider reasonable is infringed • A seizure of property occurs when there is some meaningful interference with an individual’s possessory interests in that property • A seizure of a person denotes a meaningful interference, however brief, with an individual’s freedom of movement
The legality of a search and seizure of a person and/or property can potentially be challenged by a Federal Criminal Lawyer. To establish viable grounds for a claim, counsel must have:

• A legitimate expectation of privacy by the client • Governmental action that violates that expectation
The 4th Amendment only protects against searches by the U.S. government against “persons” affiliated with U.S.; it does not apply to the acts of private citizens, the acts of foreign officials, or the acts of U.S. officials in foreign countries against foreign citizens. In sum, a Federal Criminal defense lawyer will have to identify something tantamount to government action against a person connected to the U.S. to have a valid claim.

To navigate through the Federal Court system successfully and have a better chance of not being charged with a Federal Crime, you must contact Wallin & Klarich to help you or your loved one. With over 30 years of experience as Federal Criminal Lawyers, Wallin & Klarich will assist you in this difficult time. Visit our website at www.wklaw.com or call us at 888-749-0034. We will be there when you call.

Posted In: Federal Crimes