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Old 12-27-2011, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by zombywoof View Post
Ever see them yell "Search Warrant" and bust down someone's door in the middle of the night (without showing anything to anybody) on a show like "Cops"? IANAL either but I assume they wouldn't be doing so if it weren't legal.
That's a "no-knock" warrant, which can be issued if circumstances call for it (e.g., in a drug bust where the suspects could flush the evidence down the toilet when you knock), but is not standard.

Other than that, in the US, the cops are required to show you the warrant.
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