In New York City, the Sanders Firm, P.C. is sensitive to the needs of its clients when the government has violated their Fourth Amendment rights. There is a process involving the courts that law enforcement must follow in order to search your premises. If they do not follow proper procedure and if they do not have “probable cause,” they may not enter your home. The Fourth Amendment does not just protect your home from unwarranted searches. It also covers anything you may have on you, such as a wallet or handbag, and other types of property such as your vehicle, other building on your property, etc.
There are exceptions in the case of motor vehicles if something is in plain sight or there is reason for suspicion. Other exceptions to the need for a warrant include if one consents to a search, if there are items related to a crime that are in plain sight, or times when it would be dangerous or impractical to obtain a warrant, such as when a law enforcement officer finds themselves in a dangerous situation with a suspect.