In 2014, two police officers stopped a woman who was parked in front of an apartment complex. When they attempted to question the woman, she says she thought that she was being carjacked and drove away from the complex. The police fired at the vehicle and hit the woman twice. She continued to drive until she reached a parking lot with an unattended vehicle. The woman abandoned her vehicle and jumped into the unattended car, and then she drove to another town that was 75 miles away.
Once she reached the town, the woman checked herself into the hospital to receive treatment for her injuries. She was arrested the following day. Two years later, the woman filed a lawsuit claiming that the police violated the Fourth Amendment by performing an unconstitutional seizure. Two upper courts ruled in favor of the officers. As a result, the woman has taken the case to the Supreme Court.
In the upcoming court case, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule whether the police violated the Fourth Amendment or not. Their decision might have major implication for future criminal defense cases in the United States.
How should an individual proceed after receiving criminal charges?
Hiring an attorney might help an individual protect themselves against criminal charges. Throughout the trial, the attorney may question the prosecution to ensure that officers acted lawfully. If the prosecution violated the client’s rights at any point in time, the attorney might be able to get the case dismissed. They may work to defend their client against illegal seizures, searches committed without a warrant and more.
Additionally, an attorney may be able to help their client negotiate for reduced charges or lenient sentencing. They may offer their client legal counsel throughout the trial to help them secure the best possible outcome.