On October 9th of 2014 a detective came to my house and took my laptop with a search warrant. I've called him multiple times and always get the same response that its still getting looked at and my county is known for giving people the run around. I havent been charged for anything. At the time of him taking he we wrote me a "Search warrant tabulation/return" with the make and Serial number of the laptop with his signature.
These types of seizures for investigation can go on indefinitely. It is of no benefit to you to keep contacting the police. They may not even have the device any longer but will still say it is being retained pending the results of an investigation. Just be glad you have not yet been charged with anything. It would be a great idea to discuss this matter privatrely with a very experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiarvwithvthecWhite Lake Police.
So you wanna get your stuff back from the cops?
And you've been "called him [the detective [who] came to my house and took my laptop with a search warrant] multiple times and always get the same response"?
Well.... If you have not yet figured out that hiring a criminal defense lawyer is your best move then I do not know what to tell you.
Your property has been seized, you cannot get it back and you continue to re-define insanity (i.e. doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result)...
Look, you are free to do what you want but I urge you not to continue represent yourself (not if yuo want to get your property back).
There is a solid reason for Abe Lincoln's age old quote that "he who represents himself has a fool for a client".
Please do not be that fool.
My advise is firm: Hire a lawyer. A skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer will know how to put the screws to the cops and force them to put up or shut up (something that you will almost certainly never be able to accomplish pro se).
I hope that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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Whenever items are seized for investigative purposes there is no telling when or if you will ever get them back. As mentioned above, you should be grateful that you have yet to be charged and at this point should be looking for an experienced criminal defense attorney. I would avoid speaking to any law enforcement agencies until you are properly represented by an attorney.
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