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Types of Search Warrants


  1. “No-knock” warrants are generally only approved in cases where police officers believe they will face undue harm by announcing themselves by knocking.
  2. Telephonic or facsimile warrants allow police to communicate the statutory grounds for obtaining the warrant by phone or electronic means. These warrants are often obtained when police believe time is of the essence.
  3. “Rollback” or “piggyback” warrants allow police to search an individual’s home, place of business, or another location after finding evidence that a crime was committed elsewhere.
  4. “Anticipatory” or “conditional” search warrants are granted when investigators believe that evidence of a crime may not be present when the warrant is requested, but they believe the evidence will be present in the future.
  5. “Sneak and peek” warrants allow police to enter a property without the owner’s knowledge.
  6. “Hobbs warrants” may be sealed to protect the identity of an informant or other confidential information.
  7. Administrative search warrants allow police to make an inspection and uncover evidence of a crime in the process.
  8. Out-of-county warrants allow investigators to seek evidence outside their jurisdiction.
  9. Night searches. Police must obtain special permission to execute a warrant under cover of darkness.

Need quick, free advice about search warrants? Email an attorney a question at with the subject line: Search Warrant Question Although there are many types of search warrants, the rules governing their execution are complex and technical, and police may make mistakes. Challenging the legality of a search warrant may lead to exclusion of evidence in your case. Speak to an attorney regarding the warrants used in your case or if an exception to a warrant applies.

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