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Can the police get a warrant if someone told them I was doing something illegal?

Whitney S. Boan Protecting Your Right

Video Transcript

In theory there are situations where that could occur. Specifically, what we would most frequently see, is where someone says that you battered them, you injured them, you sexually battered them, and there’s other circumstances and situations such as theft and such that would arise under that situation where police could get a warrant for you based on what somebody else said.

Many people think, “Well, if the police didn’t see a crime occur they can’t get an arrest warrant for me.” That’s just not true. They actually have the authority to do that even if it will be reviewed by a judge in terms of having a warrant actually be signed off on. Yes, someone can say you committed a crime and you can be arrested with a warrant based upon simply the word of another person.