For an arrest or evidence obtained in a search to be valid, police officers must first establish probable cause upon objective criteria that, in turn, leads them to believe the suspect committed a crime. With that in mind, some police officers do make arrests and perform searches that, at a later date, may be determined to be illegal and inadmissible by a judge. In any case, it is critical that you exercise your right to remain silent once you have been placed under arrest or while you or your property are being searched. Subsequently, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as you possibly can for the protection of your rights.
The Westchester criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard A. Portale, P.C., are committed to protecting the rights of Westchester residents from overzealous law enforcement. To discuss the circumstances of your arrest or search with one of our criminal defense attorneys, please call our Westchester offices at (914) 772-3166 today.