North Carolina law enforcement agencies appear to have a “bank alert” email distribution list where they communicate with staff at banks to confirm the existence of accounts before a search warrant is ever issued.
This raises questions about Fourth Amendment protections and whether such information would be protected under the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine.
The fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine states that evidence obtained illegally or through a violation of an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights is inadmissible in court. This means that if law enforcement obtained information about a person’s bank accounts through illegal means, that information cannot be used in court against them.
It is unclear which banks are part of this “bank alert” email distribution list and whether or not their participation is voluntary. It is also unknown how often this practice is used by law enforcement agencies in North Carolina.
There are also concerns about the privacy of individuals whose bank accounts are being searched without a warrant. This practice could potentially lead to the unnecessary invasion of privacy and the violation of Fourth Amendment rights.
If you have been accused of a crime in North Carolina and believe that your rights may have been violated by law enforcement, a criminal defense private investigator with Aubor Group can help. Our private detectives work directly with criminal defense attorneys to help build a stronger defense for those accused of a crime.
Our private detectives are skilled in uncovering information that may not have been discovered by law enforcement and can work to identify any violations of an individual’s rights. This can include the violation of Fourth Amendment rights, such as the illegal search and seizure of property or the use of unlawfully obtained evidence in court.
If you have been accused of a crime in North Carolina and believe that your rights may have been violated, it is important to seek the help of a criminal defense private investigator. At Aubor Group, we are dedicated to helping individuals build a strong defense and protect their rights.