Probable Cause & Your Rights: 5 Facts to Know (Pt. 1 )

December 16, 2014

Probable cause is a critical standard in the criminal justice system, as it is generally one of the primary guiding principles used by law enforcement officials, judges and even grand juries at various phases in a criminal case. While you likely have heard the term probable cause before, how this standard may impact you – particularly if you are arrested, searched or even charged with a crime – may be far less clear.

In this blog series, we will discuss some important facts to know about probable cause in criminal cases. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, contact the Griffin Law Firm today to find out more about your best defense options, as well as how we can help you.

Probable Cause: Here’s What You Should Know…

Fact 1 – Probable cause comes directly from the language of the Fourth Amendment.

Probable cause stems directly from language in the Fourth Amendment. Here’s some important info to know about probable cause. Contact us for the best defense.

Probable cause stems directly from language in the Fourth Amendment. Here’s some important info to know about probable cause. Contact us for the best defense.

Specifically, here’s the language of the Fourth Amendment pertaining to probable cause:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

So, essentially, the probable cause is intended to protect people against illegal search and seizure by setting a standard that must be met in order for arrests, searches and search warrants to be legitimate.

In particular, probable cause requires that, based on a set of facts and evidence, a reasonable person would likely suspect criminal activity has occurred (or will take place), and consequently, additional investigation should be warranted.

For our continued discussion regarding probable cause in criminal cases, don’t miss the second and third parts of this blog series!

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Regardless of whether you are facing criminal charges for the first time, have prior convictions and/or were on probation or parole at the time of the alleged crime, our trusted Denver and Boulder criminal defense attorney will work relentlessly to help you obtain the best possible outcome to your case. In fact, our steadfast dedication to the notion that the accused are innocent until proven guilty means that we will do everything in our power to help you resolve your case in the most favorable and efficient manner possible.

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