Early in his legal career, Patrick Benca had the opportunity to intern with the Little Rock Police Department’s crime scene investigators (CSUS). This provided him with in-depth experience and insight into the criminal investigation process. Patrick learned first-hand what mistakes law enforcement frequently make when investigating a crime scene, and thus, is better equipped to successfully defend the accused in court today. This experience and knowledge is unparalleled in the Little Rock, Arkansas area; he regularly teaches continuing legal education courses on the finer points of search and seizure to other attorneys and is frequently asked to consult on complex cases by his peers. If you feel your Fourth Amendment rights were violated while law enforcement investigated you, contact Benca & Johnston today for a free consultation.
Little Rock lawyers protecting the rights of those who have been illegally searched
The Fourth Amendment is a section in the Bill of Rights that prohibits law enforcement or any government agency from unreasonably searching another person or seizing their property. The amendment also requires that a warrant be issued by a judge demonstrating probable cause prior to law enforcement searching a person for evidence to be used against them. If this right is violated, any evidence that is obtained cannot be lawfully used against you to prove your guilt in a crime. Examples of situations in which civil rights would be violated include:
- A police officer searching your vehicle without a warrant during a routine traffic stop
- An officer stopping you on the street and searching your person without probable cause
- Police searching your home without a warrant
- If during a computer crime investigation, a government agency hacks into your computer system without a warrant
- If law enforcement searches property or an area not specified on the search warrant
If evidence has been obtained against you illegally and you are being charged with a crime, it is important to contact a criminal defense attorney right away. Our Little Rock team of criminal defense lawyers will file a motion to suppress all evidence that was obtained against you illegally. We will fight vigorously to keep unlawful evidence against you out of court. If you have been convicted of a crime, and the issue of search and seizure was not raised, you may be able to file a criminal appeal. If evidence has been obtained against you illegally, you do not have to accept the injustice. Our attorneys are here to help. Contact us online or by telephone.
Passionate civil rights advocates protecting residents of Arkansas
At Benca & Johnston we are a passionate team of attorneys who practice in criminal defense business because we genuinely believe everyone is entitled to their civil liberties. We work collaboratively to ensure that every client we represent receives the most effective counsel possible. The attorneys in our office hold more than 25 years of legal experience. Contact us today and learn how we may assist you.