Illegal Search and Seizure
Strong Criminal Defense
I receive calls and have discussions with clients on a regular basis about how the police violated their rights when stopping them, searching their personal effects or making arrests. As a criminal defense lawyer with more than 30 years of experience, I know that the state cannot use evidence obtained illegally against you in the prosecutor’s case.
At the Law Office of Bob Galvan P.C., I defend clients against all types of criminal charges, including:
I represent clients in central Texas, including San Antonio, Austin, Fredericksburg and Kerrville, and throughout the Hill Country counties to the west including Gillespie, Bandera, Kendall, Kerr and Real counties. As your attorney, I will work to uncover instances of police misconduct to strengthen your case and help you get the best results possible.
Motions To Suppress
Evidence is required for a prosecutor to obtain a conviction on a criminal charge. However, there are strict rules governing police procedure in stops and searches of your car, home or residence. If the police fail to follow these procedures, the evidence the police obtain is considered “fruit of a poisoned tree” and thus cannot be used in the case against the accused.
When I uncover evidence of an illegal stop, search or seizure, or other illegal police procedure in the arrest of one of my clients, I can file a motion to suppress the evidence.
When key evidence is unavailable for the prosecutor, it usually leads to a dismissed case or, at the minimum, drastically reduced charges.
When police pull over a driver or stop a pedestrian on the street, they need to have probable cause to justify their actions. In many cases, the police will come up with something that is not acceptable for probable cause.
In one recent case, I defended a client who had been stopped for failing to use his directional signal when exiting a parking lot. Although all other aspects of the case were unfavorable, I was able to suppress evidence because a driver is not required to use a turn signal when leaving a parking lot in Texas.
The police are similarly limited when conducting searches and seizing evidence. If they violate the rights of the accused or the strict laws regulating their actions, the evidence obtained can be suppressed.
I suppressed evidence in one case where the police obtained evidence by illegally looking at my client’s phone bill.
I will conduct meticulous research in your case to find any way to weaken the state’s case. If there is any evidence of police misconduct, I will find it and use it to your advantage.
Contact Law Office Of Bob Galvan P.C.
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