Search Warrants and Probable Cause Essay

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Search Warrants and Probable Cause Training

Search Warrants and Probable Cause Training
Welcome to the Federal Agent/Law enforcement combined in-service training. Over the next two weeks we will be spending time with our fellow agents as well as local officers in this refresher course. The federal agency takes pride in making sure that their agents are top notch in training and being properly informed on laws and expectations.
Search warrants and the Fourth Amendment
Let’s start with what a search warrant is and how we can obtain one. A search warrant is a legal order that is signed by a judge or magistrate to give police officers the authorization to search a person or place for evidence. Search warrants allow you to search at a
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During the apprehension of a criminal or suspect, you have the right to a warrantless search and seizure for your safety, the safety of fellow officers, and to protect any evidence that could be destroyed. If there is an arrest and there is suspicion of an accomplice could be in the residence, we have the right to make a protective sweep. This allows us to conduct a walk thru and visual inspection looking in places where an accomplice could be hiding, allowing us to protect ourselves as well as any evidence or contraband we may find in plain view during the sweep.
Another of the most common searches is the in plain-view doctrine. This allows us to search and seize if there is evidence in plain view. This becomes probable cause to justify the search and seizure, as long as you have the right to be where the evidence has been seen. If a traffic officer stops a car for speeding and notices contraband in the front seat, which is in plain view. If an officer is called to a residence to help an injured person and spots marijuana on the counter, that justifies the contraband being confiscated and an arrest being initiated. A consent search is another type of search that can be conducted without a warrant. This is when the person voluntarily consents to a search. The search is valid and anything that is found by officers is admissible as evidence. There

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