What happens next depends on (a) what was found during the search and (b) what was anticipated to be found.
If law enforcement is conducting a search of your location and belongings, it is definitely not too early to sit down with counsel.
What happens next is you sitting down with an experienced OK criminal defense atty, with whom you can discuss what you may/may not have done that resulted in a Judge issuing a search warrant for a place you lived in. Do this BEFORE the cops come looking for you.
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You go to see a private criminal defense attorney in your area is what should happen now.
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It sounds like you have reason to be concerned and should retain a criminal defense attorney ASAP. If incriminating information/items were found in the search, you will likely be charged with a crime. Experienced counsel can assist you with assessing the validity of the warrant and formulating a defense.
You need a local lawyer, now. A couple of basic questions review with that lawyer: Why were they searching? What did they find?
If you broke your arm, would you want a good doctor? Would you want the local boy scout who had some first aid training? Who do you want to set your arm? Would you perhaps want to do it yourself, maybe after checking some references online?
This is not a do-it-yourself situation. You need to be talking with a criminal defense lawyer there, now. If you can’t afford to hire one, you should get one appointed. In the meantime, you should not be discussing what happened with anyone, especially the police!
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