As you go through the process, it’s important to know and understand your legal rights in the state of Florida. At Big Mike’s Bail Bonds, we want you to be aware of your rights, so you can always stay protected.
A warrant is a legal document that is signed by the judge and allows law enforcement officers to enter a premise to do a search or make an arrest. The search warrant makes it possible for the law enforcement officers to look for items and seize them based on information outlined in the warrant. If an officer has an arrest warrant, this allows the law officer to take the identified person into custody.Searching A Home
Law enforcement officers can search a home if they have a warrant or if you give them consent. If no one is home, the police can search the premises if consent is giving by a roommate or a guest if the police feel the person consenting has enough authority. The law officer can also search your place of employment if your employer consents.Always ask for a warrant
If law enforcement officers knock on your door instead of opening the door, always ask them if they have a warrant. If they don’t, then do not open the door or answer any other questions. If they say they have a warrant, tell them to slip it under the door to show it to you.
Warrant is a piece of paper signed by a judge giving law enforcement officers permission to enter a home or other building to do a search or make an arrest. A search warrant allows law enforcement officers to enter the place described in the warrant to look for and take items identified in the warrant. An arrest warrant allows officers to take you into custody.
If law enforcement officers knock on your door, instead of opening the door, ask through the door if they have a warrant. If the answer is no, do not let them into your home and do not answer any questions or say anything other than "I do not want to talk to you." If the officers say that they do have a warrant, ask the officers to slip it under the door (or show it to you.
Law enforcement officers can search your home only if they have a warrant or your consent. In your absence, the police can search your home based on the consent of your roommate or a guest if the police reasonably believe that person has the authority to consent. Law enforcement officers can search your office only if they have a warrant or the consent of the employer. If your employer consents to a search of your office, law enforcement officers can search your workspace whether you consent or not.
You can still tell them that you do not consent to the search and that they need to get a warrant. The officers may or may not succeed in getting a warrant if they follow through and ask the court for one, but once you give your consent, they do not need to try to get the court's permission to do the search.
You should not interfere with the search in any way because you could get arrested. But you should say clearly that you have not given your consent and that the search is against your wishes. If someone is there with you, ask him or her to witness that you are not giving permission for the search. Call your lawyer as soon as possible. Take note of the names and badge numbers of the searching officers.