I've posted here and here about the collateral consequences of criminal charges. That means there could be a negative impact to your life outside of the actual consequences such as a background check for employment indicating you were charged with a crime, even if those charges were dismissed. Now comes news that a criminal charge could lead to subsequent homelessness, even if the charges were dismissed.
U.S. Residential Management and Development LLC v. Michael Head, No. 1-08-3531
Defying logic, the management company files the eviction proceedings once the criminal charges have been dismissed. Yep, you got it, all criminal charges dismissed and he still had to fight to stay in his apartment. The trial court agreed with him and granted his motion to suppress evidence and as such concluded that without that evidence the management company couldn't meet its burden to prove drug-related criminal activity by the tenant.
The management company didn't like the trial court's ruling and appealed. On appeal they prevailed and were able to kick Mr. Head out of his apartment-- legally. The appeal's court ruled that evictions were non-criminal matters and that motions to suppress evidence were not applicable in civil proceedings.
In other words, Mr. Head won the battle (his actual freedom in the criminal case) and lost the war( the ability to have a roof over his head).