Bartlesville, OK asked in Constitutional Law and Criminal Law for Oklahoma

Q: Is it illegal for the the police or investigators to, what I have heard called, go on a “fishing exhibition”?

They had all they needed to arrest the target of an investigation(a drug dealer), but did not, then wiretapped his phone to find out who his associates were and how they are involved with the target all while allowing the illegal activity in order to bust more than the original suspect. I’ve also heard the the term casting a wide net? Is this legal and if not, is there a statute I can reference?

1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Watts
Charles Watts
  • Licensed in Oklahoma

A: In order for the wire tap to be legal there would have to be a search warrant that set up the specific information be sought. Assuming they have that, then yes it is legal. Having what you need to arrest is a subject is a slippery slope that we wont get into here, because every criminal investigation has its own unique set of circumstances. If you were part of those that were caught up in the operation then contact a criminal law attorney sooner rather than later.

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