Search & Seizure Lawyers in Portland

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In addition to the Fourth Amendment’s protection from unreasonable searches and seizures, people charged with crimes in Oregon also benefit from the protection of Article I, section 9 of the Oregon Constitution. It states that "No law shall violate the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable search, or seizure…" The Oregon courts have, since at least 1982, interpreted this section of the Oregon Constitution to protect not a person's "reasonable expectation of privacy" as under the federal 4th Amendment, but to protect tangible objects, places, and things.

Oregon courts continue to independently analyze search and seizures under both the state and federal constitutions. What may be unlawful under the Fourth Amendment may not be unlawful under the Oregon Constitution and vice versa. Familiarity with both state and federal search and seizure law is imperative to an effective defense. Fortunately, our Portland search and seizure attorneys at Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C. are highly skilled, extensively trained, and have a comprehensive understanding of search and seizure laws in Oregon.

Contact us online or call us today at (503) 303-0771 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable search and seizure lawyers in Portland.

Under Oregon law, if evidence was obtained in violation of Article I, section 9, or the Oregon Fourth Amendment, it cannot be used against you. At Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., our skilled attorneys have a robust motion practice that seeks to have illegally obtained evidence disallowed in criminal cases.

This can mean that our defense lawyers will request that evidence be suppressed when:

  • Police did not obtain a search warrant before a search
  • A warrant was issued without actual probable cause
  • A warrant was improperly executed and included incorrect information about location or property to be seized
  • A traffic stop was not based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity or probable cause that a noncriminal violation had occurred
  • Police used deliberately false information when seeking a warrant from a judge
  • Police wrongly claimed an exemption from warrant requirements when none existed
  • The stop or detention of a person was unlawfully extended or transformed into an unlawful arrest

These issues can arise in almost any case, including Oregon drug cases, DUI arrests, and state white collar crimes and weapons cases. They can also arise in federal cases and our attorneys will advocate for suppression of evidence wherever and whenever appropriate. This could potentially result in an acquittal at trial or a dismissal of the charges. It can also lower the number of charges a client faces, reducing his or her exposure to a conviction on multiple criminal counts.

Call Our Portland Search & Seizure Attorneys

Our law firm is committed to providing high-quality defense at reasonable rates and is dedicated to protecting our clients' rights. We offer a free initial consultation. Call a proficient search and seizure attorney today at (503) 303-0771 or send us an e-mail.

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