Understanding what probable cause is can help you determine, in your own case, whether or not there was enough to charge you with a crime. Probable cause is one of the most important aspects in an arrest process and should always be handled seriously. If your case does not have probable cause, this means that law enforcement officials arrested you without an adequate reason to do so either through a search or other means. Probable cause makes it possible for police officers to arrest you without a warrant and even seize your property.
Let’s consider an example by using a DUI case. The driving that you were executing on the roadways before your arrest will be enough to establish probable cause, in the eyes of the cops. Were you swerving all over the place, giving them suspicion that you could be under the influence? Or was there no bad driving, no checkpoint, and the police officers pulled you over for no reason? Then probable cause was not evident.
Information in a Probable Cause Defense is Crucial
You may wonder how much information can actually lead to enough probable cause. What is needed for a judge to actually issue an arrest warrant? It must typically be more than just a mere suspicion. The courts will help determine if there was enough probable cause to make an arrest in your case and where you can turn from there. However, you will need an experienced defense attorney on your side to help you through the process. Call us today so we can help you protect your rights.