Steven Knecht won Felony Drug dismissal!
Steven Knecht won the dismissal of felony drug dealing charges for his client with a successful motion to suppress the evidence obtained from an illegal search and seizure.
Police officers searched the client’s closed backpack located in an apartment the client was visiting. The tenant for the apartment consented to the police searching the apartment for drugs. Previously, a confidential informant had told the police that the client was dealing drugs at the apartment and they could find the drugs in the client’s backpack.
Knecht successfully argued that a third party cannot consent to a search of an item over which another party has exclusive control. Even though the backpack was located in a common area of the apartment, it was unreasonable for the police to rely on the tenant’s consent to search the apartment to extend their seizure and search to the backpack that the police knew belonged to the client prior to the seizure.
With over 34 years of experience, Steven Knecht is familiar with the possible defenses to criminal charges. If you find yourself having been arrested or accused of a crime, you should immediately hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer such as Steven Knecht to help you fight the State.