Government Accountability?

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The Fourth Amendment of our State and Federal Constitutions protects us all from unreasonable search and seizures. But what are the consequences the government faces for violating these protections? That became a bit clearer on Wednesday – at least for federal entities … not much. Why? Because on Wednesday the United States Supreme Court shielded federal Border Patrol Agents from being sued over allegations of unreasonable searches and seizures.

In their Egbert v. Boule ruling, the majority said that essentially federal agents are not accountable for violating constitutional rights unless Congress otherwise specifically authorizes such liability. And to that point, and as things currently stand, Congress has only authorized lawsuits against state and local governments for violating people’s rights, the feds are immune to such suits.  Will Congress act? Who is to say, but the one thing we all know … the wheels of justice are not swift … thus, it is best to understand that when the feds come a knockin’ that  your world may start a rockin’.

If you or a loved one is in a bind as a result of a criminal charge, immediately contact a Seattle Criminal Attorney. A Criminal lawyer is not going to judge you, and understands that everyone makes mistakes. Hiring a Seattle Criminal Lawyer to help can – at a minimum – reduce penalties, and can help direct people on how to best deal with their criminal charge, and many times even get them dismissed. So it should go without saying that someone cited for a misdemeanor or felony should hire a qualified Seattle Criminal Lawyer as soon as possible. Criminal charges can cause havoc on a person’s personal and professional life. Anyone charged with a crime in Washington State should immediately seek the assistance of a seasoned Seattle Criminal Lawyer.

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