Search Warrant

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Meaning of Search Warrant

A warrant issued under authority of law by a magistrate or Justice of the peace or any person by law empowered to issue the same, directed to a sheriff , constable or other officer commanding the latter to search a specified premises and seize certain specified goods or documents. See Search. except in a few specifically established and well delineated exceptions, which are jealously and carefully drawn, a search and seizure may not be made without a search warrant. See Coolidge v New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443, 91 S.Ct. 2022, 29 L.Ed.2d 564.

Search Warrant Alternative Definition

In practice. A warrant requiring the officer to whom it is addressed to search a house, or other place, therein specified, for stolen, contraband or illicit property therein, and, if the same shall be found upon such search, to bring the goods so found, together with the body of the person occupying the same, who is named, before the justice or other officer granting the warrant, or some other justice of the peace, or other lawfully authorized officer.

Synonyms of Search Warrant


  • authority to search
  • bench warrant
  • court order
  • judicial order to search
  • judicial process
  • legal document to search
  • legal order
  • legal process
  • order authorizing a search
  • process
  • writ
  • Associated Concepts: illegal search warrant
  • probable cause to issue search warrant

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Translate Search Warrant from English to Spanish

Translation of Search Warrant , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Orden o mandamiento de registro and other legal terms is available here.


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English Spanish Translation of Search Warrant

Orden de allanamiento

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Search warrant in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of search warrant.


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Search Warrant in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Search Warrant published by the Natio
nal Association for Court Management
: A written order issued by a judge that directs a law enforcement officer to search a specific area for a particular piece of evidence.

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