Search and Seizure

Our law firm has defended many a drug case where the police stop a client, find some marijuana, cocaine, or large amount of money, seize a cell phone, and inspect its contents without a warrant. A criminal drug investigation is then started, and our client is later arrested, based in major part on leads uncovered… Read more

Ohio Cell Phone Search Law Attorneys in our Columbus law firm often see criminal cases where Columbus and Franklin County detectives snoop through a suspect’s cell phone without probable cause, let alone a search warrant, looking for evidence they can use in court, or for leads they can follow-up on in an ongoing criminal investigation… Read more

Courts have determined that simply checking a vehicle’s license plates by itself is not a search or seizure under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution. In other words, police officers are legally permitted to run a vehicle’s license plate number through their computers. This is permitted even when the officer has an ulterior… Read more

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures.  When police stop a motorist while they’re driving, this constitutes a “seizure.” A seizure must be supported by at least a reasonable and articulable facts that would lead an ordinary officer to believe that a crime is or has been… Read more

The United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided last year that long-term GPS surveillance cannot be conducted over a person without first obtaining a warrant issued upon a showing of probable cause.  This is a major departure from previously established Fourth Amendment law. In 1983 the United States Supreme Court held that… Read more