Search and Seizure

At Michael K. Allen & Associates, we believe that every person who is accused of a crime has a right to an aggressive defense. We work diligently to identify potential weaknesses in the prosecution’s case to seek the best possible outcome for each client we serve.

One of the ways that we have been able to help many clients is by carefully scrutinizing the actions of law enforcement. We review police conduct to determine if they have violated the constitutional rights of our clients. In some cases, we are able to use such information to get charges dismissed, suppress evidence, or obtain increased leverage for a favorable case resolution.

Your Fourth Amendment Rights

The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. Evidence that is obtained as a result of an unconstitutional search and seizure may be suppressed. Using suppression motions can help a defendant gain a significant advantage in some cases. If the suppressed evidence is vital to the prosecution’s case, the case may be dismissed entirely. In other cases, the prosecution’s case may be significantly weakened, which can improve the chances of an acquittal or favorable plea agreement.

Fourth Amendment suppression motions may be made if the police have exceeded the scope of a search warrant, obtained evidence resulting from a traffic stop that was made without sufficient cause, conducted a search with a search warrant that was not supported by probable cause, or otherwise conducted an unreasonable search or seizure of an individual’s home, vehicle, property, or person.

While search and seizure issues often arise in drug and weapons cases, they can arise in the context of any criminal case in which the police have conducted an unreasonable search and seizure. As former prosecutors and police officers, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to protect your rights and build a strong defense for you.

Call us or request an appointment today to learn how our experienced Cincinnati, OH criminal defense attorneys can help you.