Fourth Amendment Law - Unreasonable Search and Seizure

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The Fourth Amendment protects citizens from ‘unreasonable’ searches and seizures by the government. This amendment applies to home searches, traffic stops, drug dog stops, and more. Learn more about your right to a reasonable search.

  • ContentWhat Does the Fourth Amendment Protect?

    The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures by agents of the government. This does not mean that individuals are free from all searches and seizures, but only that they are protected from “unreasonable” ones.

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  • Content4th Amendment Warrant Requirement and Blood Tests in DUI Stops

    It is through the United States Supreme Court that the Fourth Amendment of the country requires the necessary warrant to issue a blood test for a stop when checking a driver for possible driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Through this decision, police officers are not given the right to issue a blood test immediately or without permission of the individual.

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  • ContentDrug Sniff Dog Used at My Traffic Stop - Does That Violate My Fourth Amendment Rights?

    The Fourth Amendment protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures. However, the United States Supreme Court has held that a drug dog sniff that is conducted during a lawful traffic stop does not constitute a search as an individual does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in illegal contraband within a vehicle. However, there are specific rules that police officers must follow when bringing a dog sniff dog to the scene.

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  • ContentDUI Checkpoints Violate Fourth Amendment or No?

    Many drivers that are forced to go through DUI checkpoints often wonder if the process is a violation of the Fourth Amendment. Is the procedure in violation of unlawful search and seizure? Read on to learn more.

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