Probable cause is a legal standard that is critical to the arrest process, as well as the criminal justice system. Despite its key role in many criminal cases, however, probable cause may not be a clear concept to people accused of crimes – and it can, nevertheless, be an essential part of their defense cases.
In this three-part blog series, we will answer some commonly asked questions about probable cause to shed light on how this standard generally comes into play in a defense case. If you have been charged with a crime and want the best defense for your case, don’t hesitate to contact the Colorado Springs criminal defense attorneys at Shimon Kohn, P.S.
Q – What is probable cause?
A – Probable cause, which stems from language in the Fourth Amendment, is a standard:
- Used by police to determine when to make arrests and conduct searches
- Used by judges to determine when to issue search warrants
- Used by grand juries to determine whether there is a preponderance of evidence and criminal charges should be filed against someone.
In particular, the following is the language in the Fourth Amendment describing probable cause:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The idea is that there should be a distinct likelihood or probability to believe, based on evidence or facts, that a crime has been committed.
Q – What is probable cause to obtain a search warrant?
A – In order to obtain search warrants, law enforcement officials have to sign affidavits outlining the facts that serve as probable cause for the warrant. The judge will then review the facts of the case and either:
- Issue the warrant because he agrees that sufficient probable cause exists; or
- Deny the request for the warrant because he disagrees that sufficient probable cause exists.
For some more important information regarding probable cause, be sure to look for the upcoming second and third installments of this blog series!
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