Legal Question in Criminal Law in Pennsylvania


Is it illegal in the U.S. to own a book about doing something illegal, assuming the person owning the book is not the author and this person obtained the book through legal means? Along these same lines, (1) it is legal for police to confiscate the book during a search of the person's premises, (2) can the book be used as evidence in a court of law in the U.S. (3) are the authorities obligated to return the book once any criminal charges have been completely resolved?

Asked on 3/25/12, 3:36 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

John Davidson Law Office of John A. Davidson

Could you have a book that says how to make phony id? Yes you can per the first amendment.

1) Yes if the police thought you were making phony ids.

2) Yes it can.

3) No and for the record any contraband seized because of a search warrant is not returned.


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Answered on 3/26/12, 7:02 am

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