Anyone being accused of committing a crime in the state of Texas has the right to a fair investigation process. Part of this fair process includes protection against illegal search and seizure. These rights are protected by the U.S. Constitution, and determine when police are able to search and obtain evidence. Understanding what constitutes illegal […]
Search and Seizure
Many people ask, “What is probable cause?” Probable cause in Texas is a legal term that, in its simplest form, means that a certain circumstance occurred more probably than not. For instance, to arrest an individual, law enforcement must believe that it’s probable that he or she committed a crime. Probable cause is the standard […]
Before law enforcement officials can search your car, they must follow a specific protocol. This is done to ensure that the search is conducted according to state and federal laws. Not only is this protocol a safety precaution, it also ensures that any evidence collected by police will be admissible in court. In order to […]
A DWI arrest can haunt an individual for years to come since the fines and repercussions last far longer than a jail sentence. It’s helpful to know a few things about DWI before, during and after the arrest in order to reduce the odds of being found guilty of one.
The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the government from performing unreasonable searches and seizures of people and their property. Ultimately, this means that the government must have a valid explanation in order to inspect a citizen’s belongings. If police officers have consent, they can legally conduct a search. A person may give authorities the […]