The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution is one of 27 amendments, but due to being within the beginning section, is known as an amendment which is part of the Bill of Rights, which was argued by some in the founding of the US to be a vital part of the Constitution in order to protect and inform citizens as to the rights they have in everyday behaviors and situations.
So what is the Fourth Amendment? The Fourth Amendment states that all citizens are to be protected from unlawful search and seizure and that these must be done under the context of a judge’s approval and warrant that is based upon probable cause that a crime is being committed.
What does this mean for you? It means that police cannot enter your home or vehicle without your permission unless they have a warrant from a judge and that their desire to enter these places is built on probable cause that you have done something against the law. This is a very important piece of legislation to keep in mind whenever dealing with the police. If police wish to enter your home, you have the right by the Constitution of the United States to deny them permission to do so. If they wish to enter regardless, a judge has to allow them to do so after reviewing their case and their reasoning for wanting to search your home.
Your privacy is yours and your property is yours, and you should never let the police tread onto your privacy or property for no reason. That is what the Fourth Amendment is for, to protect you from wrongdoing on the part of the government. Keep informed on what rights you have as a citizen, including all amendments that are part of the Bill of Rights, including the Fourth.
Amendments are the backbone of what makes our government evolve and grow better for Americans. It is what keeps them safe from abuse and gives them a right to stand up for themselves with protection from the law.
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