Learn When Police Officers Must Obtain A Warrant Before They Search Your Home Or Other Property.





” A search warrant is an order signed by a judge that authorizes police officers to search for specific objects or materials at a definite location at a specified time. For example, a warrant may authorize the search of “the premises at 11359 Happy Glade Avenue between the hours of 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.” and direct the police to search for and seize “cash, betting slips, record books, and every other means used in connection with placing bets on horses.” “




Topics covered by this brief include :


How Police Obtain Search Warrants

What Police Can Search for and Seize Under a Warrant

When Search Warrants Aren’t Required

Consent Searches

The Plain View Doctrine

Search Made in Connection With an Arrest

The Emergency Exception

Allowing Police to Make a Warrantless Search

Searches of Cars and Their Occupants

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Know your rights , be informed .


” To answer all your questions about the legality of various police searches and seizures, get The Criminal Law Handbook: Know Your Rights, Survive the System, by Paul Bergman and Sara J. Berman (Nolo). If you need a criminal defense lawyer, you can turn to Nolo’s trusted Lawyer Directory to find an attorney near you.

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