why do we have the 4th amendment

I would say that one of the reasons the 4th Amendment is so important is that it is reflective of the Colonists' own experiences. P The Colonists were outraged on many levels that British soldiers could enter their homes, seize their belongings, or search their property without any probable cause or authentic paperwork.


P The fact that warrant-less and groundless searches became so prevalent is one reason why the 4th Amendment strictly states that justification and authentication must accompany all searches and investigation of property and belongings. P Another I would say that the 4th Amendment is important is that it represents a fundamental right of a person accused of wrongdoing in a legal sense.


P The 4th Amendment helps to protect their rights and their sense of entitlement, demonstrating the brilliance of the framers in understanding that freedoms and liberties mean nothing if it doesn't extend to all members of a social order, including the ones accused of criminal activity.
In Colonial America, laws were written in order to help the English earn money on customs.


The justices of the peace would do this by writing general warrants, which allowed general search and seizure to happen.


Massachusetts wrote a law in 1756 that banned these warrants, because tax collectors were abusing their powers by searching the colonistsБ homes for illegal goods. These general warrants allowed any messenger or officer to search a suspected place without any evidence.


It also allowed them to seize people without even saying what they did wrong or showing evidence of their wrongdoings. Virginia also banned the use of general warrants later due to other fears. These actions later led to the addition of the Fourth Amendment in the Bill of Rights.