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Q: A search warrant was served on my house. I asked the officers why my home and they said it was surveiled

They didn't find any stolen goods and left me to fix my door and sue them for the money. I want to find out if the search was legal

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: The legality of the search conducted at your home depends on several factors. If the officers had a valid search warrant, it typically means that a judge found probable cause based on evidence presented by law enforcement. The specifics of the warrant, such as the address, date, and items sought, must be accurate and clearly stated. If any of these elements were incorrect or if the warrant was based on false information, the search may be deemed unlawful.

You should carefully review the search warrant to ensure all details were correct and justified. You have the right to request a copy of the warrant and the supporting documents used to obtain it. This review can help determine if there were any discrepancies or procedural errors. Additionally, the manner in which the search was conducted should align with legal standards; excessive damage or unnecessary force may be grounds for a complaint.

If you believe the search was illegal, it's advisable to consult with an attorney who can provide guidance based on the specifics of your case. They can help you understand your rights and the next steps, such as filing a motion to suppress any evidence obtained or seeking damages for any wrongdoing. Remember, it's important to act promptly and document all relevant details and communications regarding the incident.

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