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Search Warrants for Controlled Substances

The attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. represent clients after a search warrant is executed at their home or business during a criminal investigation for drug crimes. These cases after hinge on the legality of the search and seizure. Law enforcement officers in Des Moines sometimes put false statements into the application for the search warrant which can result in the court throwing the evidence out of court.

Never speak to a law enforcement officer about criminal allegations until after you have spoken to a criminal defense attorney. Find out what we can do to protect your rights at every stage of the case.

Attorneys for Search Warrants in Iowa Drug Cases

If your home or office was searched pursuant to a search warrant, then call us to find out how we can fight your drug charges. The best way to fight the case is by hiring an attorney as early in the investigation as possible. Call us to discuss the legality of the search warrant, the criminal charges pending against you, the minimum mandatory penalties that might apply after a conviction, and the best way to fight for an outright dismissal of the charges. 

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Iowa Law on Search Warrants in Narcotic Investigations

In search warrant applications in drug cases, the officer will often attach an affidavit detailing his qualifications, training, education, and experience in the areas of drug trafficking crime investigation. The affiant officer will often indicate that he is familiar with drug-dealing activity, including the patterns of behavior drug dealers commonly employ, such as driving from location to location while using their cell phones and then meeting with buyers for short periods of time.

In many search warrant applications for drug investigations in Des Moines, Iowa, the officers will also indicate whether a suspect has a prior record for drug crimes or drug trafficking. The Iowa Supreme Court has held that an issuing magistrate may “consider a suspect's history of involvement in the drug trade.” State v. Padavich, 536 N.W.2d 743, 748 (Iowa 1995).

Finally, the search warrant might seek permission to search or seize the type of evidence kept in drug trafficking cases. In State v. Godbersen, 493 N.W.2d 852, 855 (Iowa 1992), the court noted that "[i]t is reasonable to assume that persons involved with drug trafficking would keep evidence—drugs, weighing and measuring devices, packaging materials, and profits—at their residences.”

If a search warrant was issued in Iowa to search your vehicle, home, or business for drugs or evidence of trafficking drugs, the contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C.. The attorneys at McCarthy & Hamrock, P.C. are experienced in fighting drug trafficking cases in Des Moines, Iowa, involving the execution of a search warrant.


This article was last updated on Friday, July 7, 2017.

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