search warrant


Definition of search warrant 

: a warrant authorizing a search (as of a house) for stolen goods or unlawful possessions

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Bonilla-Hernandez pocketed roughly $15 of the fee, according to the search warrant, and the women stayed at his Sterling home. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "Women ‘ordered’ from supplier and brought to Virginia for prostitution, search warrant says," 10 July 2018 Upon the execution of a search warrant, agents conducted a forensic preview of Guerrero’s phone and found 10 files of child pornography. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Cyber tip leads to arrest of Lady Lake man on 10 counts of possession of child porn," 10 July 2018 Another search warrant, for the contents of Blanc’s white Dodge Challenger, sought to retrieve trace evidence including blood, DNA and fibers. Linda Trischitta,, "Killer impersonated dead wife to make it seem she shot her father, police say," 30 June 2018 The suspect in the 1974 murder of a 19-year-old woman found half-naked in the back of a California church killed himself as authorities arrived at his home to execute a search warrant, PEOPLE confirms. Harriet Sokmensuer,, "Suspect in 1974 Ice Pick Slaying of Half-Naked Teen Kills Himself as Authorities Close In," 29 June 2018 Armed with a search warrant, sheriff's officer found barrels containing bourbon behind an outbuilding on the property. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "'Pappygate' ringleader gets shock probation after 30 days in prison," 29 June 2018 Amato refused to provide a sample of her breath or blood, so the officer filed an affidavit for a search warrant, and a judge signed a warrant authorizing a forcible blood draw. Brian Chasnoff, San Antonio Express-News, "DA refiles dismissed DWI," 14 May 2018 Investigators determined the gun had been stolen from Ohio, and a search warrant revealed that 52 items were seized from his bag. Alexis Stevens, ajc, "No federal prison for Georgia man who brought gun, ammo into theater," 23 June 2018 Unfortunately, this search warrant was initially served on the wrong residence... situations such as these are tragic and DEA takes them very seriously. Amanda Watts, CNN, "A Tennessee man is tackled by a SWAT team in a raid -- but it's the wrong house, and wrong man," 25 May 2018

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1739, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of search warrant

: a legal document that gives the police permission to search a place for evidence

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