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Constitutional challenges to drug charges in Upper Marlboro

Law enforcement agents are bound by certain constitutional restrictions. These restrictions go far beyond reading someone their Miranda rights or allowing them to speak with an attorney. One of the most critical restrictions is the requirement that they avoid all unreasonable searches or seizures.

Defining what that means is not always easy. While terms like reasonable suspicion are thrown out there, few know what it actually takes to warrant law enforcement action. Upper Marlboro criminal defense lawyer Thomas C. Mooney has used his experience to defend against hundreds of unwarranted drug charges.

Police are required to possess search warrants almost any time they search a home and oftentimes when they searching a vehicle. Moreover, police are required to view specific facts justifying all traffic stops. Nevertheless, searches are regularly conducted without warrants and stops regularly occur without sufficient cause. In these cases, any evidence police gather may be excluded from an accused person's criminal case. In many instances, this means dismissal of the charges.

While anyone can make the argument that the police violated a person's constitutional rights, courts have grown wary of this common claim. As a result, if an accused person wants any chance of getting the attention of the court, they need an experienced lawyer who knows what arguments to make. Thomas C. Mooney knows how to evaluate searches and traffic stops. He knows when to leverage overreaches by governmental officials to negotiate plea deals and when to pursue dismissal of charges.

If you or a son or daughter has been charged with a drug crime, it is critical that you have an experienced professional like Mr. Mooney review the circumstances surrounding the arrest.

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