Minneapolis, MN asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Minnesota

Q: A search warrant was issued for my home stating that they were looking for "any device that connects to the internet"

I never ended up being charged with anything, and i wasnt at home when they executed the warrantm i was never told what i was suspected of doing. This happened in june of 2017, and they refuse to give me my property back. They claimed that possession of such items was evidence of a crime. They took my surround sound system, a roku device, my thermostat etc. How is any of that evidence of a crime? And is that too broad of search?

2 Lawyer Answers
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Jonathan Matthew Holson
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Rogers, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: What they can seize is generally dependent on what the search is for. It is unclear what the basis for the search warrant was so it is difficult to answer the question. Can you provide more information?

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • Licensed in Minnesota

A: Whether the search warrant authorized a search for items not reasonably related to the crime suspected (or, whether police exceeded the scope of what was authorized in the search warrant) would depend upon the nature of the crime suspected. That is not stated in the question. Even if it were, however, as a criminal defense lawyer I would want to have as much information as possible about the case, including a detailed interview of my client, all police reports, videos, photos, recordings, and whatever else we could collect. Application of law to facts tends to be quite fact-specific. We could discuss on the phone if you like.

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