Did Police Violate Your Rights?
At the Law Offices of Thomas J. Donnelly, we recognize and defend our clients’ constitutional rights against police who overstep their boundaries. The Fourth and Fifth Amendments limit the power of the federal government and guarantee people certain freedoms.
In criminal proceedings, these rights are critical to police activities before, during and after an arrest. Attorney Tom Donnelly will work to uncover any evidence of police wrongdoing. Any violation of your rights needs to be considered by the court. We will effectively pursue remedies that ensure your rights are respected.
Understanding Your Rights
The Fourth Amendment prohibits law enforcement from conducting unreasonable searches and seizures, such as without a valid warrant or probable cause. This can be very important in determining whether the police had the right to conduct the search and whether they can use any evidence they gathered during an illegal search. This is often an issue in cases involving drug possession or distribution.
Under the Fifth Amendment, people have the right not to incriminate themselves. In its landmark Miranda v. Arizona decision in 1966, the Supreme Court of the United States decided that people should be informed of this right before being taken into custody. The so-called “Miranda warnings” consist of four parts:
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to an attorney.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
We have successfully defended many clients based on the violation of these constitutional rights, and we will examine the circumstances of your case and all related evidence to see if this has happened to you.