The 4th & 5th Amendment



The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized
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Amendment V

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation."

FACT: Like any law enforcement officer or representative of the government, Code Enforcement Officers are required to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Your sworn or unsworn duties to do so are part of your makeup as a Code Enforcement Officer and goes hand-in-hand with the profession.  In a situation where we as officers enforce the requirements of law or impose monetary penalties or other punitive actions as it relates to the number of issues we get involved with, we are mandated to take into account and to be accountable for preserving the rights of the citizenry of the United States.
 
In this segment we will be discussing the following issues;

  • Constitutional Breakdown,
  • Why is it my duty?
  • Just Let the Courts Sort It Out, What are the Consequences?
  • What Is The Minimum "Due Process" Required?
  • Am I Liable?
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