A document issued by a judge or magistrate upon a finding of probable cause that authorizes the police to take someone accused of a crime into custody.
See, e.g. Kirk v. Louisiana, 536 U.S. 635 (2002).
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
A document issued by a judge or magistrate that authorizes the police to arrest someone. Warrants are issued when law enforcement personnel present evidence to judges or magistrates that convince themthat it is reasonably likely that a crime has taken place and that the person to be named in the warrant is criminally responsible for that crime.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:11 pm