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Warrants & Search

Do The Police Need A Warrant To Wiretap My Cell Phone?

Yes. The Federal Wiretap Act and its Ohio counterpart require the police to obtain a wiretap warrant before listening to your phone conversations.

The warrant must be supported by a probable cause as well as a showing of necessity, meaning that the police have exhausted all other investigative methods. There are also restrictions on how long they can listen to your conversations if criminal activity is not being discussed.

If you have questions regarding any types of police procedures, call experienced Criminal Lawyer Patrick Mulligan at 937-228-9790 for a free consultation.

Do The Police Need A Warrant To Search My House?

Yes, in most situations. There are, however, some exceptions.

In order to search your home, the police are required to obtain a warrant signed by a judge unless you or a person who lives in the home consent to the search. One other exception is if exigent circumstances, meaning an emergency, make obtaining a warrant impractical.

If you or someone you know have questions regarding police search warrants, contact Dayton Criminal lawyer Patrick Mulligan at 1-937-228-9790 for a complimentary consultation.

Yes. You are always entitled to refuse to consent to the police searching your house and demand that they produce a search warrant. If they do produce a valid search warrant, however, they are entitled to search your house without your consent.

If you have any questions regarding your legal rights, contact the Law Offices of Patrick Mulligan at 1-937-228-9790 for a free conversation.

If The Police Ask To Search My Vehicle, Can I Refuse?

Yes. You always have the right to refuse to consent to a search of your vehicle. However, if the police have probable cause that your vehicle contains contraband, they can search the vehicle without your consent and without a warrant.

If you or a family member needs to speak with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Dayton, call Mulligan & Associates at 937-228-9790 for a free consultation.

Yes, but under limited circumstances. The police are allowed to search your person without a warrant if they have placed you under arrest for a criminal offense – this is known as a search incident to an arrest.

They are also allowed to pat you down without a warrant – known as a “Terry” search – if they have reasonable suspicion that you are armed and involved in criminal activity.

If you or a family member have been arrested in Dayton and need to speak with an experienced criminal law attorney in Dayton – for free – call us at 937-228-9790.

Are The police Allowed To Search My Car Without A Warrant?

Yes, if they have probable cause to believe that your vehicle contains contraband or evidence of a criminal offense, or if you voluntarily consent to a search of your vehicle.

They can also search your vehicle without a warrant if you are arrested after driving your car, or if they have reasonable suspicion that you are armed and have engaged in criminal activity.

In general, police are not required to obtain a warrant before searching your vehicle.

If you’ve been arrested in the Dayton area, or a family member has, why not speak to some of the most experienced criminal lawyers in Dayton…for free.

Call us at 937-228-9790.