Criminal Defense Lawyer-Suffolk County, MA

When police execute an arrest warrant in Massachusetts, they may conduct a protective sweep of the area if they have a reasonable belief that the area could harbor a dangerous individual.  Some of the factors to be considered in whether the sweep of the general area is based on reasonable suspicion include:

  • the violence implicit in the crime for which the person is sought and in his criminal history;
  • the location of the arrest in relation to the area to be swept;
  • resistance or cooperation by the defendant at the time of arrest; &
  • presence or the suspicion of presence of other individuals in the area. 

Commonwealth v. Saywahn, 16-P-1098 (2017).  If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, contact Criminal Defense Lawyer Shane W. Surrette at (774) 364-4605 or at [email protected] today.

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