Search and Seizure Archives

Some Illinois meth charges can lead to a registry requirement

While being accused of any drug crime involving meth can put a person here in Illinois into a high-stakes situation, the situation can be particularly serious for individuals accused of being involved in the manufacturing of meth. This is because a conviction on charges related to participation in the manufacturing of meth has an added consequence in Illinois. This consequence is a type of consequence that one generally associates with sex crimes, not drug crimes.

In what situations is a search warrant required?

Citizens in Illinois and other parts of the country are protected by the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits illegal searches and seizures. However, there is some confusion as to when a search warrant is required and when a police officer can search you or your possessions without a warrant. Read on to understand the requirements.

Will police body cameras someday become commonplace?

There are many instances when, during the course of their work, police have interactions with the public. In some instances, these interactions are on friendly terms, while in others they are much less so. Sometimes disputes arise over what occurred during a given police-citizen interaction.

What is probable cause when it comes to searches?

Police searches often play a fairly major role in drug cases. Police have many different requirements placed on them when it comes to property searches. One term that individuals may hear thrown around quite a bit when it comes to these requirements is probable cause.

Fox Lake man charged with delivery of ecstasy in Deer Park

When drug charges result from a traffic stop, one of the most important things to consider in defense of the suspect is whether police followed the proper procedure when pulling over the vehicle. Often, regardless of what prosecutors claim, there is doubt as to whether police had probable cause to stop the driver. There is also the question of whether police adhered to proper procedure before, during and after the search of the vehicle.

Police need to follow proper search procedures, or evidence can be excluded, P.3

In our last post, we continued speaking about the topic of search and seizure. As we've noted, police are bound by various procedural requirements in conducting these activities, and failure to follow those procedures can result in exclusion of incriminating evidence from trial, weakening prosecution's case. The exclusionary rule, as this is called, is something defense attorneys sometimes make use of in cases involving drug charges.

Criminal defendants have definite rights with respect to searches and seizures

An Evaston man was arrested on drug charges after police executed a search warrant at him home earlier this month. The 21-year-old man was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and four counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of possession of marijuana.


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