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In the state of Illinois, there are hundreds of crimes that you could be accused of committing, ranging from petty traffic violations to serious felony offenses that could change your life forever. Depending on the severity of your case, the prosecutor will determine what kind of evidence he or she needs to build a case against you. Evidentiary items, such as specific objects, weapons, or even DNA are typically taken from the scene where the crime was alleged to have taken place. However, in many cases, the police may opt to search your home or even your vehicle if you are charged with a crime. Under the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, each person has certain rights and protections with regard to searches and seizures. If those rights are violated, the validity of the evidence obtained during the search and seizure may become compromised. 

Issuing the Search Warrant

The right against an unreasonable search and seizure is one of the most basic rights awarded to every person in the country. In most cases, police almost always need a search warrant to enter and search your home. A search warrant is issued by a judge and contains information about a location that police are to search for evidence or for individuals connected with the crime. The warrant should describe the location of the objects that are meant to be seized and the actual object or person they want to seize.

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criminal charges, your rights, Illinois criminal defense attorney Criminal charges can leave a serious wake of permanent damage in their path. Consequences, if a person is convicted of criminal charges, can range from probation to incarceration and, or fines. Even something as seemingly minor as a traffic infraction can default to a driver’s license suspension if not handled properly.

The justice system has diverse resources to utilize to prosecute individuals charged with criminal offenses, and will often advocate for maximum sentencing and fines for convicted offenders. Those who have been charged with a crime should be aware that there are options available to obtain a competent defense that can protect their personal rights and freedoms as citizens of the United States.

Regardless of the crime committed, all individuals contending with criminal investigations or charges should be aware of these five essential tips regarding their rights:

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