Does a search warrant have to have your correct address?

UPDATED: Oct 11, 2010

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Does a search warrant have to have your correct address?

Does a search warrant required to have correct wording, spelling, address, etc.

Asked on October 11, 2010 under Criminal Law, Georgia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

A search warrant must be precise on its face or it is not valid. In this regard, you are looking for 3 things:

  1. Address - Check that the warrant really does have your address on it is. If the warrant recites an incorrect address, it is invalid (even if the correct house is searched).
  2. Date - A "stale warrant" is invalid. There isn’t a precise number of days that warrants are good for; they can be served as long as a reasonable officer would expect to find the items listed in the warrant. However, the general rule is that a warrant should not be older than 2 weeks.
  3. Judge’s signature - If the warrant is not signed by a judge’s or magistrate it is invalid.

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