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When Can a Search Warrant Be Issued
  • When the property to be seized is obtained in connection to a crime.

  • When the property or things to be seized were used as a means of committing a public offense.

  • When the property or things to be seized are in the possession of a person having the intent to use them as a means of committing a public offense or in possession of another to whom he or she may have delivered it for the purpose of concealing it or preventing it being discovered.

  • When property or things to be seized consist of any item or constitute any evidence which tends to show that a particular public offense has been committed or tends to show that a particular person has committed the public offense.

  • When the property is to be searched and inspected by an appropriate official in the interest of the public health, safety or welfare as part of an inspection program authorized by law.

  • When the person sought is the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant.

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