As a Massachusetts Criminal Defense Lawyer, the outcome of serious criminal cases can often come down to very specific facts developed during a motion to suppress. In the case of Commonwealth v. Aderito Barbosa, the defendant was charged with Human Trafficking. This is a criminal offense that carries up to twenty years in a Massachusetts State Prison; if found guilty of the crime you are required to serve a minimum mandatory five-year state prison sentence. If the victim is under the legal age in Massachusetts, you could be looking at a life sentence.
In this case, the police raided the defendant’s hotel room at the Park Plaza in Boston. Upon exiting the elevator, the defendant was greeted by the police. Knowing what they were there for, he requested an attorney and said he would exercise his Miranda rights. He tried to flee and was alleged to have resisted arrest and, at that time, requested a lawyer. As part of an arrest, police are permitted to conduct a search incident to arrest. A search incident to arrest is a search conducted by the police during the actual arrest; they are legally permitted to search the person being arrested, including his or her immediate surroundings.
Federal laws mandate that the police may search for weapons, contraband, or evidence of a crime, even if it is not related to the crime for which the individual is being arrested for. However, in Massachusetts, police are only granted the authority to search for evidence which is related to the crime.