What is the Fourth Amendment and when does it help me?

Minneapolis criminal defense attorney, Ryan Garry, explains how the Fourth Amendment protects individual from unreasonable searches and seizures.

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The Fourth Amendment has graced more dismissal orders than any other amendment in the constitution. It protects individuals and citizens of unreasonable searches and seizures. We as Americans are extremely lucky to have the Fourth Amendment we’re the only country in the world to have the exclusionary rule, which means that evidence that is seized in violation of the Fourth Amendment cannot be used against you in court. So if you’re driving a car and you have 80 kilos of cocaine in the car and the police illegally seize that cocaine, the cocaine cannot be used against you in court and the case will have to be dismissed. The exclusionary rule is meant to deter police misconduct.