The constitution protects an individual’s rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This includes the right to be free from unreasonable government intrusion. It pays to know, and be properly represented to preserve, your constitutional rights.
I Salt Lake City, Utah criminal defense lawyer David Paul White. For more than 25 years, I have represented individuals charged with crimes whose constitutional rights have been violated. As my client, you will benefit from my aggressive approach to protecting your rights.
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There are certain concepts, such as reasonable suspicion and probable cause, which serve to constitutionally safeguard civil rights and avoid unreasonable police intrusion.
For example, an officer may approach an individual and engage in conversation, but the person is not required to respond or even entertain the officer. In fact, the person is at liberty to leave. However, an officer may intrude on a person’s privacy by briefly detaining and questioning someone if there is articulable reasonable suspicion (more than a hunch) that a crime may have been, or is about to be, committed by that person (e.g. traffic stop). During this detention, the officer may only ask questions related to the suspected crime and must do so in a manner that quickly dispels the suspicion.
As a result of the officer’s detention and questioning, the officer may:
- Find probable cause to arrest and then search the person or belongings
- Have reasonable suspicion that another crime may have been, is being, or is about to be committed and further investigate
- Not find any reason for further detention, in which case the person must be allowed to leave
If you believe your constitutional rights were violated, either by illegal search and seizure, wrongful detainment, failure to inform of your Miranda Rights, or other police misconduct, contact David Paul White, a Utah criminal law attorney who will fight to protect your constitutional rights. I know your rights. I am willing to do whatever it takes to protect them.