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Albuquerque Criminal Attorney Explains Unreasonable Searches
21 Sep 2015

Albuquerque Criminal Attorney Explains Unreasonable Searches

If you feel that you have been the victim of an unreasonable search, you should contact your local Albuquerque criminal defense attorney for a consultation. The Constitution protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures done by law enforcement officials. What this means to you is that the police cannot stop, search, or arrest you without having a reason to. The police need to operate under reasonable suspicion that you may have done something illegal before they are allowed to stop, search, or arrest you. If you know your rights, then you will know when you can be legally stopped by the police. If you are unsure of your rights, our Albuquerque criminal defense attorney can advise you.

Reasonable Suspicion

While the police need to have reasonable suspicion for stopping you, sometimes you could just be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The police officer needs to have reason to believe that a crime has been committed in order to arrest you. For example, if a nearby store was just robbed and you match the description of the suspect, then you will be stopped for questioning. If you attempt to flee the scene, then it is likely you will be arrested because now the police officer has reasonable suspicion that you committed the crime. The police may stop you for questioning during certain suspicious activities, such as:

  • Being at a place during the wrong times. If a police officer sees you hanging around a store or bank after they have closed, then it may seem suspicious to them.
  • Being at the wrong place, such as a crime scene. If you are at a crime scene or a high crime area, police are likely to stop you to talk.
  • If police notice that your behavior is strange, you may be stopped. If you seem frightened, anxious, or extremely angry, those behaviors may be enough reasonable suspicion to stop you.

Contact Our Albuquerque Criminal Attorney

For an experienced professional, contact your Albuquerque defense criminal attorney from Twohig Law Firm at (505) 898-0400.

 

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