Search Warrants In Criminal Investigations
Search warrants in criminal investigations are orders that are issued by a judge and grant law enforcement officers the authority to enter a particular place in an effort to gather evidence that is believed to have been used in the commission of a crime. It is rare for officers to announce in advance that they will be performing a search. Oftentimes people are taken by surprise and have no idea how to react when a law enforcement agency shows up at the door attempting to execute a search warrant. It is important to remain calm and to retain legal counsel as soon as possible.
If you have been served with a search warrant, contact David G. Moore, Attorney at Law. Our founding attorney, David G. Moore, is a Michigan criminal defense lawyer and a former prosecutor. He understands how search warrants are meant to be carried out and how to challenge the evidence that is uncovered as the result of a warrant. Contact our firm online, day or night, or call us at 269-216-4573 for prompt and skilled representation.
Complying With The Terms Of A Search Warrant
Once a search warrant has been issued, the search will take place whether you like it or not. It is important to comply as politely and reasonably as possible with the law enforcement agency that is carrying out the search. If you interfere with the search, you are subject to arrest and may find yourself facing criminal charges. If any evidence is gathered outside of the scope of the warrant or if your rights are otherwise violated, we can always challenge this as part of our comprehensive criminal defense representation.
Typically, law enforcement agents will attempt to question you during or after the search. If you have not been placed under arrest, you do not have the right to have a lawyer present during such questioning. However, you are not required to answer any questions either. If possible, you should contact legal counsel as soon as officers execute the warrant. The sooner we can get involved, the sooner we can ensure that your rights remain protected throughout this process.
Contact Us Today
Serving Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo and all of southwest Michigan, we understand how to challenge any evidence that is collected over the course of a criminal investigation. Call our office today at 269-216-4573 to schedule a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation regarding your case. You may also contact us online. We will respond to all inquiries quickly.