May 20, 2015

By Vannoy Law Firm


Liberty is synonymous with America.  Naturally, being free from unwarranted government intrusion is embodied in the definition of liberty as we know it in America.  That being said, when can law enforcement stop you and search you, your vehicle, or your home?  The circumstances surrounding when a government agent may lawfully "seizure" you and "search" your person, house, or car are too numerous for this brief article.  However, I believe it is important to understand a little about how we as Americans received protection from unlawful searches and seizures by way of the 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

"General warrants" and "writs of assistance" were commonly used in England and then in Colonial America.  The holder of one of these documents had very broad authority to search and seize at will.  Colonial Americans despised this broad authority allowing British agents seemingly unfettered access into their private business and personal affairs.  As a result, after America gained its independence, Patrick Henry lobbied hard for a list of "rights" while many in Congress thought that what he advocated were "understood" and did not need to be included in the Constitution.  As a result of Henry's advocacy, in 1791 the States ratified the first ten amendments to the Constitution which came to be known as the Bill of Rights. 

If you have questions about a search warrant, arrest warrant, or any other issue involving your personal rights and liberty, please feel free to contact my office.  If you have been charged with a DUI, traffic ticket, criminal offense, or a probation violation, feel free to contact me to discuss your options.  I also handle driver's license issues, parole cases, and other matters.  At my office, you will receive a free interview in criminal cases.  If retained, I will go about protecting your initial court appearance, if possible, and begin investigating the case.  If you have questions about a criminal or DUI case or questions about this article, feel free to contact me at (843) 761-0610.  If you would like to read more about South Carolina's DUI and criminal laws, copy/paste this link into your search heading

If you have questions regarding a DUI or criminal case in Berkeley, Charleston, or Dorchester County, please contact my office today at (843) 761-0610 or through the contact page on this website.

Photo-3Brady Vannoy is a criminal defense lawyer in Berkeley County, South Carolina.  He carries a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating.  According to the rating system, "AV Preeminent(r) is a significant rating accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Brady Vannoy is a member of The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in South Carolina.  You can find his profile at

Brady Vannoy's office is located in downtown Moncks Corner.  He regularly takes cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties.  Brady is a member of the South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100.  Brady defends DUI and all types of criminal cases in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties along with other areas of the South Carolina low country.  He can be reached at (843) 761-0610,, or through the contact page on this website.

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