The Fourth Amendment to the the United States Constitution protects individuals from unreasonable searches and seizures, and requires law enforcement officers or agents to obtain a judicially approved warrant based on probable cause. The Fourth Amendment has been interpreted by the Courts to protect not only people but places and things from unwanted government intrusion. Although certain exceptions to the warrant requirement do exist, law enforcement officers generally may not conduct a search without a warrant or an individual’s consent. Law enforcement searches may take a variety of forms, and be directed at a variety of locations and activites: frisks of an individual, searches of homes, cars, and packages. Many types of surveillance, such as wiretaps and gps tracking devices, may also fall under the protections provided by the Fourth Amendment. If law enforcement officers or agents violate the Fourth Amendment, the evidence they obtain may be inadmissible in court. At RAAB | MAHONEY, we are experienced in challenging illegal searches as well as improperly obtained warrants. If you or someone you know has been subject to a search which may be unlawful, contact RAAB | MAHONEY for a consultation and evaluation of the search and seizure.