A Search Warrant For Criminal Activity

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A search warrant is a signed order by a judge/magistrate that authorizes the police to search specific locations in order to seize specified items during a specific time frame. The searches are typically intended to search locations seize evidence in relation to probable cause that the suspects are engaged in criminal activity, are about to engage in criminal activity or had engaged in criminal activity. The concept for search warrants originates from the 4th Amendment which states “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Fourth Amendment can be broken down into two sections. The first section is considered the “reasonableness clause” where it states that unreasonable searches and seizures are prohibited. The next section is the “warrant clause” which specifies the requirements and limits of searches and seizures. Through these clauses, the 4th Amendment is designed to protect the people from unreasonable searches and seizures.
In order to obtain a search warrant, the police must show probable cause that a crime was committed and that evidence of that crime is likely to exist at the specified location. The police typically present their application for a search warrant to a neutral…
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