Roanoke Attorney Protecting Against Wrongful Search & Seizure

officer searching motoristPeople are afforded rights under the U.S. and Virginia Constitutions. Unfortunately, there are times when law enforcement officers violate these rights. If such a violation leads to the discovery of incriminating evidence, then the victim of such a violation may find themselves being placed under arrest. Fortunately the law provides remedies when these types of situations arise. If the police, the F.B.I., or another governmental agency violated your rights, then it may be possible to have the charges against you dismissed. Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke criminal defense attorney who has been practicing law since 2008. She is experienced in dealing with such violations and our firm is ready to assist you. Call today to speak with a lawyer. We also assist those in Salem and in other southwest parts of the state.

Roanoke lawyer assisting Virginia defendants who were subjected to an illegal search

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution allows for one to be free from “unreasonable” searches or seizures by law enforcement. Under the law, police may only stop someone if they have “reasonable suspicion” that the individual is engaged in criminal activity or “probable cause” for a traffic violation or criminal violation, for that matter. An officer must be able to point to objective facts which justified their suspicion of such activity. A mere hunch is not enough. If officers wish to go beyond a simple stop, and engage in an actual search, then they may be required to obtain a warrant before doing so. If an officer stops someone without reasonable suspicion, or conducts a warrantless search, and recovers evidence, then it may be possible to exclude such evidence from Court proceedings. Depending on the facts of the case such an exclusion may lead to a dismissal of the charges.

Cerid Lugar is a Roanoke lawyer who is experienced in handling search and seizure issues. Violations by law enforcement often lead to drug charges, cases involving the possession of a gun, and cases involving computer crimes. Once retained she will immediately obtain the police reports, interview any relevant witnesses, and conduct a full investigation. If she believes that your rights were violated, then any necessary Motions will be filed on your behalf. She will aggressively question law enforcement at an evidentiary hearing and, if a dismissal cannot be obtained, then she will prepare your case for trial. Cerid founded our firm on the idea that everyone is entitled to the highest level of representation and that the rights of all people should be protected. Contact our office today for assistance.

Attorney showing respect for Roanoke and Salem, Virginia defendants who have had their rights violated

If you have been the victim of a civil rights violation, then you have already been wronged. You do not need the additional insult of having a lawyer who does not show you proper respect. Cerid strives to provide a high level of service and she makes attorney-client communication a priority. She will keep you up to date as to the status of your case and make sure that your concerns are addressed. This is our promise in every case we handle.

In addition to Roanoke, we serve the southwest Virginia cities of Cave Spring, Salem, the Botetourt County city of Hollins, the Bedford County cities of Bedford and Forest, the Franklin County city of Rocky Mount, and the Montgomery County cities of Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Radford.