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My phone and ipad were seized during a search of my

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My phone and ipad were seized during a search of my girlfriends house. Her son was caught selling drugs and they found a picture on his phone that gave them basis for a search warrant. The items seized were from her room and password ***** Do they have the right to search my items? Or hers for that matter.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 10 months ago.

Hello,

Thanks to a fairly recent Supreme Court ruling, they cannot search the contents without a warrant. But yes, if you have internet accessing devices at your girlfriend's house and the police entered with a warrant looking for other evidence of drug selling activity, they could take the property, yours included. But as indicated, they'd have to get a separate warrant to go into the contents of the phone/ipad.

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