No - there is no legal requirement they actually show you the warrant itself. Many times, warrants are obtained over the phone from an "on-call" judge, so the actual warrant may not be available. Most officers will show you the face page of a warrant to avoid any confrontations or to convince you there is a warrant, but it's not legally required to be shown.
How do I know what they took from my house during the warrant?
The police are required to leave or give you a list of what items were taken during the service of the search warrant. They are required to file a copy of that with the court that issued the warrant, so ordinarily, you get a copy of that list.
Can I call my lawyer and have them verify the warrant before I let the police in?
Unfortunately, no. If they have a warrant, they are authorized to enter and search, even before your attorney gets there. In the mean time, you are NOT required to answer any questions, admit ownership of any property or control over any areas in your house. There are ways to fight a search warrant, but that's done through the court system, not standing on your front porch.
They said they would get a warrant if I didn't let them search. Is that legal?
No. Consent to search must be freely and voluntarily given. If they threaten to get a warrant if you don't give consent, then it is not truly voluntary consent and can be beaten in court.
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