Police Wiretaps are one of the most intrusive tools that the police have in the “War on Drugs”. In order for the government to obtain Police Wiretaps, they must demonstrate to a Superior Court Judge that they have probable cause to believe that tapping your phone lines will help them to solve a serious crime, such as drug trafficking or money laundering. If the police are able to obtain a police wiretap from a Superior Court Judge, they are able to listen to all of the phone calls made by a specific phone. Generally, the police are only permitted to listen to phone calls concerning illegal activity, but occasionally police officers listen to all of the phone calls made from a phone in order to see if the phone calls on the police wiretaps are drug related. Read about How to Defend against Intent to Deliver Drug charges
Wiretaps typically last for anywhere from 30 to 120 days. Specifically, wiretaps last for as long as it is necessary for the government to obtain the information they are searching for about criminal activity. Usually, the government has to give updates to the Judge that originally granted the wiretap, setting forth why they would like to keep the wiretap in place for another 30 days and update him or her on what they have discovered as a result of the wiretap.
The unique thing about wiretaps, is that individuals whose phones are tapped, have no idea that the police are listening to their phone calls. Individuals whose cell phones or house phones are tapped by the police need not consent to let the police listen to their phone calls. The police obtain these wiretaps and listen to the phone calls without the knowledge of the owner of the phone. In fact, that is the whole purpose of the wiretap.
If you believe that your phone has been wiretapped or you are being investigated for a crime related to a wiretap, make sure that you hire an experienced drug lawyer immediately. Chester County Drug Lawyers