What is probable cause?

When a police officer wants to search a citizen’s belongings or make an arrest, he or she will need to provide a good reason to do so. In legal terms, this is called probable cause. For example, an officer can detain and search you if he or she sees or smells drugs on you. Officers who make arrests or do searches without probable cause to do so are operating outside of the law, and any evidence acquired through this kind of search is not admissible in court.

If you think you have been searched and subsequently arrested without probable cause, a Dallas criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will do their utmost to defend your freedoms. Contact our aggressive criminal defense attorneys at (214) 845-7007 for a free case evaluation.


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