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How long do police officers have after a search warrant has been signed to search a location or person?

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That is a general rule of law thing, is case by case circumstances. Execution of Warrants .--The manner of execution of warrants is generally governed by statute and rule, as to time of execution, 155 method of entry, and the like. It was a rule at common law that before an officer could break and enter he must give notice of his office, authority, and purpose and must in effect be refused admittance, 156 and until recently this has been a statutory requirement in the federal system 157 and generally in the States. In Ker v. California, 158 the Court considered the rule of announcement as a constitutional requirement, although a majority there found circumstances justifying entry without announcement. In Wilson v. Arkansas, Supp.2 the Court determined that the common law ''knock and announce'' rule is an element of the Fourth Amendment reasonableness inquiry. The rule does not, however, require announcement under all circumstances. The presumption in favor of announcement yields ... more
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Sometimes they can barge in as soon as it is signed if they think you got drugs, weapons, or evidence that can easily be destroyed. They do not even need to present it when barging in, just have to be able to produce it to the court when it comes to trial (it will be time stamped) They do not have to give it to you and wait for you to read it. When you get one read WHERE they are too look, and WHAT to be looking for. Search warrants have to be specific and limited, it is not a blanket search of everything. Make sure they stay within the area to be searched. If they are looking for a gun, opening objects that cannot have a gun in them is illegal. more
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In the State of Texas, a search warrant is good for 5 days, exclusive of the date of issuance and the date of return. more
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A regular garden variety search warrant in my state (NC) is good for 48 hours. more
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