One area of Criminal Defense where defendants may try to suppress evidence occurs during police vehicle stops. CYS investigations In order for a police officer to stop a vehicle they must have either probable cause or reasonable suspicion that the driver is violating a law in Pennsylvania or part of the vehicle code. Police are not justified in randomly stopping vehicles unless they have a reason to suspect that there is some sort of criminal activity taking place. The United States Supreme Court has determined that if a vehicle is randomly stopped by an officer it is considered an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment. If you are randomly stopped without probable cause or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity, then any evidence the police officer may have found in the vehicle can be suppressed in court. Even if you believe you are being randomly stopped with no probable cause, it is important to fully cooperate with the officer. If you are pulled over you should always ask the officer why you were stopped. If they ask to search your car they cannot proceed without either your permission or probable cause.
You should contact an experienced Criminal Defense attorney if you believe you were placed under arrest following a random stop without probable cause. Evidence seized by the police during an interaction with a criminal defendant might be kept out of court if the police violated your fourth amendment and fifth amendment rights. How to choose your attorney Contact a criminal defense lawyer right away if you believe this is the case. Not only is it in violation the Fourth Amendment, but also you are not required to answer any questions without speaking to a lawyer. Experienced attorneys can advise you of your rights, your possible defenses, and have any evidence found at the random vehicle stop suppressed. Contact the lawyers at the Law Offices of Kelly and Conte today to set up a free consultation and see what the next step is.