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Is there a way to know if a legal document I received by

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Is there a way to know if a legal document I received by email is real?
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

Any legal document can be verified as a document served on the court. You can check this by calling the Clerk of the Court mentioned in the document. If you give me the name of the court, I will give you the contact number.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
It is an application for a search warrant that was never filed in court. It is part of an ongoing investigation.
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

I am a search warrant expert. I have written over 500 search warrant applications in my career. All search warrants must be brought to a judge, signed by a judge and then filed with the court. Some are "sealed" by the court pending the conclusion of the investigation.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
But what if the application was filled out by a prosecutor but never brought before a judge.
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

In order for a warrant to be legal, it has to go to a judge.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok. If the case was first investigated by local police and then went to a federal prosecutor, would the case number ***** the same as the one at the local police?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

There would be different case numbers for the Federal court and the state court.

Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

If you are satisfied with my service, please rate me for this question and the other question you asked me yesterday.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Will there necessarily be a case number ***** with application for a search warrant (not the actual search warrant itself)?
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

The application is attached to the warrant. If the warrant was signed, a number will be attached.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What is the federal crominal code for accessory to sexual assault and accessory to victim intimidation?
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

18 U.S. Code § 3 - Accessory after the fact

It's the same for both.

Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

Also, 18 U.S. Code § 2 - Principals

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Is that how it will be written in a search warrant?What if it is just the application for a search warrant and not an issued search warrant, would it have a case number?
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

No. The case number ***** only be assigned if the search warrant is issued.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Ok.... And how will the criminal codes appear in an actual application for a search warrant?For accessory to sexual assault and accessory to victim intimidation
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

Usually there is general language such as "there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed" and specific detail about the facts of the crime. The actual statutes are not usually stated.

Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

that is my experience in state court. However, in federal court the actual law is stated.

Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What does the symbol mean after the US code?ex. 18 U.S. Code § 3
Expert:  Colleen Grady replied 4 months ago.

Section