police said since they were givin permission to search the home then i had to let them search the safe
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If they were acting with your consent, you can withdraw the consent. Sounds like they have already done the search. If they found something evidential, there may be a question.
However, it would not surprise me if the police reports on your interaction are different from your recollection.
You need to be talking with a local criminal defense lawyer, now.
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If permission was given to search the safe, then the search was legal. If there was a warrant specifying search of the safe, then it is legal. Since the police indicate the search was consensual, then it is legal.
That sounds problematic to me. If something was found during the search of the safe and was to be used as evidence against in a prosecution, I would certainly be exploring the possibility of a motion to suppress if it were my case. As Mr. Kenyon cautions, expect the police testimony about what happened to be different from your version.
I trust that if you are being prosecuted that you have an attorney.
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