When is a house search permitted? Do you need to let the investigators into your house / apartment? What rights do you have in a house search?
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Often you will first learn that the search is against you. Such a house search is a not inconsiderable interference. For this very reason, it is important that you know your rights and contact a lawyer.
When is a house search permitted?
Unless there is a risk of default, due to the serious interference with the privacy of the accused, a judicial order is required. In that case, you should in any case have a copy of the search warrant displayed and handed over, especially as this decision often explicitly stipulates which items or documents should be searched for. Furthermore, you will learn by the court's decision what action is attributed to you.
How should you behave?
Although house searches are carried out on a regular basis in the early hours of the morning and you will be considerably surprised, it is important that you keep calm and call a lawyer.
After receiving the search warrant and notifying you of what you are being charged with and what items or documents are being searched, you should cooperate in a lawful search warrant and not complicate the search. This will help you avoid another and possibly more significant search.
Contact a lawyer?
However, it is important that you have the right to have search warrants present, so you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible so that he is present during the search and has some equality of arms. Due to the unannounced visit, accused persons are often unable to maintain the necessary peace of mind, and it is not uncommon for the accused to make mistakes that can not be corrected afterwards.
For this reason, you should not get involved during the search warrant, but rather contact a defense lawyer.