Standing in your kitchen at 6:03 a.m. and savoring the aroma of your hot
coffee that you are about to press to your lips, you hear a loud banging
sound followed by a booming voice on a bullhorn barking, “Open up
– Police – Search Warrant.” Before your brain can register
if you are still asleep and dreaming, you see your coffee fly to the floor
as you are briskly forced to the ground and handcuffed by large men clad
in paramilitary. Quickly, you realize that you are not the victim of a
home invasion – rather, you have been served a search warrant.
What Is a Search Warrant?
A search warrant is an order signed by a judge
allowing police to search a home, business, property, or even a person
to look for evidence related to a crime. Before issuing a search warrant, the judge must review
a sworn statement prepared by a police officer called an affidavit that
lists the facts and circumstances as to why police believe evidence of
a crime may be found in the location to be searched.
What Kind of Evidence Can They Look For?
Police have a significant amount of power, enough to search for almost
anything that could be evidence of a crime or could assist an ongoing
criminal investigation. The general exception to this rule is that police
can only look in areas that might
reasonably house the evidence they are looking for. For example, police cannot look
for a baby elephant in a medicine chest (unless the elephant is tiny or
the medicine chest is a walk in closet).
Some examples of evidence that police or federal agents look for in specific
types of crimes are:
But They Left Without Arresting Me – Why Worry?
When police or federal agents have conducted a search but have not arrested
anyone, this is an indicator that things are really serious and that
you need to hire an experienced
Phoenix criminal defense attorney with extensive knowledge about search warrants. This situation is indicative
of the fact that there is a larger, broader, and more extensive ongoing
criminal investigation and that you could be a target.
By hiring a criminal defense lawyer, you can take control of the situation
and be proactive to get in the driver’s seat of your situation.
If you don’t take advantage of the opportunity to hire counsel,
the next knock at the door is usually when you have been indicted on serious
felony charges and police are there to arrest you.
If you or someone you know has been served a search warrant, or if you
have been charged with a crime involving a search warrant, contact the Law Office of Jason D. Lamm
today and schedule a consultation
with our Phoenix criminal defense lawyer!