Our legal team from Thomas & Paulk, P.A. recently took on a case involving a client and another person who were arrested in an Ybor City parking garage. While there, they were both approached by two officers from the Tampa Police Department, who allegedly saw our client concealing something in their hand. After stating that they believed the client was concealing something, the officers ordered our client out of the car. They then proceeded to order the client to open their hand and discovered the
Our client was ultimately arrested for the possession of marijuana. We took on the case and immediately went to work. One of the first steps that we made was to make a motion to dismiss the case, based upon the fact that the marijuana had been discovered during the unlawful search and seizure conducted by the officer. The motion was agreed upon by the State Attorney and the judge - all charges were dismissed.
It is our strong belief that police officers do not have the right to perform a search and seizure without justifiable cause; we are proud to protect this right on behalf of our clients. In regards to this case, the officer did not have justifiable cause just because they suspected the client was concealing something. To legally perform the search, there must have been reason to believe that the item being concealed was illegal.
By protecting the law and defending the rights of our clients, our criminal defense lawyers have been proud to help clients in situations such as this throughout the years. If you or a loved one has been arrested, it is highly recommended that you get the involvement of a local attorney as soon as possible. Your future is at stake and you need to be confident that you are doing everything possible to build a strong defense case. To learn more about how our firm could potential help, please contact us as soon as possible.