The Fourth Amendment

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The United States has been known as ?the land of the free? and ?land of opportunities? up until today. Since the ?Bill Of Rights? were constructed, American citizens have had their rights protected. In many countries, law enforcements basically have the right to do whatever they want, in the United States however people have more rights and the government has limits. The fourth amendment has enforced this limit and changed the way the Americans live.

Before the fourth amendment, Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the United States, this nation was nothing but thirteen colonies under the rule of Great Britain. When the Europeans migrated here, they mostly left their home country for freedom of religion. However when they arrived, they had a form of government that was unstructured. This government also violated the rights and freedom that the newcomers came to look for. After the Constitution, the Bill of Rights was passed along that included the ten amendments.

The amendments accomplished three important purposes. They gave citizen rights that the government is not allowed to interfere, second, they provide the basis for securing the rights and third, they help protect the democratic government by barring criminal prosecutions who criticize or disagree with the government (freedom of speech).

The Fourth Amendment is ?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.? However to clarify this, it basically means that the citizens of the United States are protected from law enforcement searching property without probable cause. Law enforcements can only search with a reason and after...