Understanding Probable Cause

With most crimes, an officer must have probable cause in order perform a search and seizure, receive a warrant, or make an arrest, according to the Bill of Rights. Failure to adhere to this law may lead to the unlawful collection of evidence or an illegal arrest. Generally, any evidence acquired during an illegal search and seizure or without a warrant must be thrown out and not considered in a court of law.

If you are facing a criminal charge, it is essential that you speak with a criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in your legal rights and options. Contact the tenacious Milwaukee criminal defense attorneys of Hart Powell, S.C. today by calling (414) 271-9595.

Examples of Probable Cause

Suspicion alone is not enough to charge an individual with a crime. There must be probable cause for law enforcement officials to take action. The following are some examples of probable cause:

  • Observation using the senses to detect signs of criminal activity
  • Using an expert to recognize when an individual is guilty of a crime
  • Obtaining information on possible criminal activity from an informant
  • Viewing circumstantial, or indirect, events that suggest criminal activity

Individuals who are victims of the illegal activity of police officers need to report their case to a legal professional. If illegally obtained evidence is being held against you, you need to fight the potentially devastating sentence.

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Written by Michael Hart & Craig Powell

Last Updated : January 14, 2016