California lawmakers believe that the common citizen should be as protected from the police as possible. The creation of search and seizure laws
is one of the steps lawmakers have taken to make sure that your Fourth Amendment rights
are protected. Not only are the search and seizure laws designed to prevent the police from randomly searching an individual’s property, but they also make it impossible for any evidence obtained via an illegal search to be used in a criminal trial.
It doesn’t matter if you’re dealing with county police officers, California state troopers, or FBI agents, you’re still protected by California’s search and seizure laws. Because of these laws, you do not have to allow members of law enforcement to search your property unless they have a valid warrant that’s signed by a judge
or if the search marks one of the few exceptions to the rules.
When Law Enforcement Doesn’t Need a Warrant