What Is a Search Warrant?

Under the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution, all citizens are protected from illegal searches and seizures of their property. This means that police may not search your person, home, business, or automobile without sufficient grounds. In most cases, the police will need a search warrant issued by a judge before they can search your property.

If you have been charged with a criminal offense, or subjected to an illegal search, you need dedicated legal assistance. To discuss your case with an experienced Cape Cod criminal defense attorney, call the offices of James Powderly at 508-343-0676.

Search Warrants and the Law

In order to obtain a search warrant, the police must convince a judge that they have reason to believe illegal activities are taking place in a certain location. In most cases, they will need to be specific about the crimes they believe are taking place and the location at which the crimes are allegedly occurring.

If a judge issues a search warrant, it will contain the following information:

  • The items or evidence for which police are searching
  • The exact location they may search (for example, a specific home, or even specific rooms within a home)
  • The time and date during which the search may occur

It is important to note that police may be able to seize items that are not listed in the warrant. If they find any other illegal items in your home during the search, they may seize these items and charge you with a criminal offense.

If the police present a search warrant to you, you must allow them to search the areas named in the warrant. However, you still have the right to legally protect yourself, including the right to challenge the search warrant at a later date. A knowledgeable Cape Cod criminal defense lawyer can work with you to protect your right to privacy.

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Cape Cod criminal defense lawyer James Powderly is fully dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. To discuss how our law offices may be able to help you, contact us by calling 508-343-0676.


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