Legal Question in Criminal Law in Washington

When a citizen doesn't allow the authority's to search their vehicle & a warrent is issued by the judge to search the car for stolen merchandise from a clothing store, do the authority's have the option to charge the citizen with a small amount of drugs & drug paraphenelia found in the vehicle at the time of the search as well.. or do they by law over look the illegal controban, do 2 the simple fact that's not what the search warrent was issued for?

Asked on 2/10/11, 12:54 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

Edward Hoffman Law Offices of Edward A. Hoffman
0 users found helpful
0 attorneys agreed

The police do not have to ignore evidence of other crimes that they uncover while properly executing a search warrant. That evidence can support additional, unrelated charges.

Note, though, that the warrant defines the type of search the police can conduct. If the warrant is for, say, big-screen TVs, the police can't search pockets. etc.

Read more
2/10/11, 1:44 pm

Related Questions & Answers

More Criminal Law questions and answers in Washington

Looking for something else?

Get Free Legal Advice

88167 active attorneys ready to answer your legal questions today.

Find a Legal Form

Browse and download our attorney-prepared and up-to-date legal forms from $4.99

Find a Form

Featured Attorneys

Anthony RoachLaw Office of Anthony A. RoachChatsworth, CA
David SlaterDavid P. Slater, Esq.Boca Raton, FL
Phillip D. Wheeler, Esq.Phillip D. Wheeler, Attorney At LawMorro Bay, CA
Find An Attorney

Are you an Attorney?

Earn additional revenue and grow your business. Join LawGuru Now