A person who is stopped by the police, searched, and arrested will want to contact a lawyer as quickly as possible to get help avoiding a conviction. One technique a lawyer can use is to find a mistake made by the police and invoke the fruit of the forbidden tree doctrine to have as much evidence as possible dismissed before the case goes to court.
What is the Fruit of the Forbidden Tree Doctrine?
The fruit of the forbidden tree doctrine states that if evidence is collected illegally, any evidence that is found as a result of the previous evidence cannot be used. However, if the evidence would have been found eventually without the illegally gained evidence being necessary, it might be admitted. This means the doctrine is not easy to apply and will require a lawyer with an understanding of the doctrine to ensure it’s used properly.
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