search warrant
search warrant see warrant

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

search warrant
noun authority to search, bench warrant, court order, judicial order to search, judicial process, legal document to search, legal order, legal process, order authorizing a search, process, writ associated concepts: illegal search warrant, probable cause to issue search warrant

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


search warrant
n.
A written order issued by a judge or judicial official in the state’s name, authorizing a sheriff or other officer of the law to search a particular place for evidence of a crime and seize it if found.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


search warrant
An order signed by a judge that directs owners of private property to allow the police to enter and search for items named in the warrant. Judges won't issue a warrant unless they have been convinced by the police that there is probable cause for the search — that reliable evidence shows that it's more likely than not that a crime has occurred and that the items sought by the police are connected with it and will be found at the location named in the warrant. In limited situations, the police may search without a warrant, but they cannot use what they find at trial if the defense can show that they had no probable cause for the search.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


search warrant
n. A written order by a judge authorizing the examination of a specified place and the seizing of evidence found there.
See also warrant.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


search warrant
A court order authorizing the examination of a place for the purpose of discovering contraband, stolen property, or evidence of guilt to be used in the prosecution of a criminal action.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


search warrant
I
A court order authorizing the examination of a place for the purpose of discovering contraband, stolen property, or evidence of guilt to be used in the prosecution of a criminal action.
II A written order issued by a judge that directs a law enforcement officer to search a specific area for a particular piece of evidence.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

search warrant
n.
   a written order by a judge which permits a law enforcement officer to search a specific place (eg. 112 Magnolia Avenue, Apartment 3, or a 1991 Pontiac, Texas license number 123ABC) and identifies the persons (if known) and any articles intended to be seized (often specified by type, such as "weapons," "drugs and drug paraphernalia," "evidence of bodily harm"). Such a search warrant can only be issued upon a sworn written statement of a law enforcement officer (including a prosecutor). The 4th Amendment to the Constitution specifies: ":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 14th Amendment applies the rule to the states. Evidence unconstitutionally seized cannot be used in court, nor can evidence traced through such illegal evidence.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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