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Police served a search warrant and I was taken into custody

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Police served a search warrant and I was taken into custody but am now released. I was never given a copy of the search warrant or a list of the items taken. Is that legal? I reside in Washington state.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Legal-Guru replied 5 years ago.
They are supposed to leave a copy of the warrant, but not doing so won't invalidate the search. The list of things taken (called the search warrant "return") isn't prepared until later when they can inventory the items. You or your attorney will be able to obtain a copy of both.

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