Generally, before the police can enter a house, they must have a search warrant. As a Jacksonville Warrant Attorney, I review many warrants. A search warrant can be issued when any property contains evidence relevant to proving that a felony has been committed. Before a judge can sign a warrant, he or she has to be supplied with sufficient information to support their independent judgment that probable cause exists for the warrant.
The affidavit for the warrant must have sworn testimony from a credible witness stating that he or she has reason to believe that a crime is being committed on the premises. It must state, truthfully, that a particular person has committed a crime and that evidence relevant to the probable criminality is located at the place to be searched. The affidavit itself must have either information concerning the informant’s veracity or corroborating evidence.
The reasons cited by the police must be sufficient to create a reasonable belief that a crime has been committed. If your home has been searched by police with a warrant, you should consult with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Jacksonville. A Jacksonville Criminal Attorney can review the warrant and the affidavit for the warrant to make sure all the legal requirements are met.