Modesto, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: Does a cop have to show you the search warrant before or after they search your house?

Does a cop have to show you the search warrant before or after they search your house? Or do they have to show you one at all?

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Robert Lee Marshall
Robert Lee Marshall
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Licensed in California

A: They don't have to show you the warrant. In fact, judges sometimes issue search warrants over the phone, so the actual warrant is miles away when the cops get the go-ahead to conduct a search. Now, if the cops lie to you above having a warrant, when there isn't actually one, that could make the search illegal and result in suppression of evidence.

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