I have a property damaged in a DEA Raid that incurred loss and was open for a week until I found out about it, further inquiry i was told that law enforcement did not have to notify me as the property owner to which I did not understand how they can destroy property and not let me know. So additional physical property was stolen as a result of the house being open. What should I do?
1 Answer from Attorneys
An actor who has in an unreasonable manner exercised any privilege to enter land is subject to liability for any harm to a legally protected interest of another caused by such unreasonable conduct . . . even if the entry onto the property is initially lawful for purposes of a search pursuant to a valid warrant. The fact that a valid warrant exists is not an automatic bar to a trespass claim.
Brutsche v. City of Kent, 164 Wn.2d 664, 674, 675, 193 P.3d 110 (2008).