This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, Flowers & Forensics, seeing the judge, and knock and notice. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 74 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional, quality crime related fiction. This week I'm giving you a tip on a great new forensic science resource, and I'm also answering your questions about getting a warrant signed by a judge and the realities of knock and notice. But first, as always, I need to thank my gold shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Chrysann, Larry Darter, Natalie Barelli of nataliebarelli.com, and Craig Kingsman of craigkingsman.com for their support. I also want to send a huge thank you to my Coffee Club patrons. You can find the links to all of the writers supporting this episode in the show notes at writersdetective.com/74, and to learn about setting up your own Patreon count for your author business, or to support the show for as little as $2 per month, visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
Before we get to this week's questions, I have a fantastic forensics resource that I'm really excited to share with you. I will include this in the January Writer's Detective APB that will be going out later this week, which if you aren't already aware is my mailing list. One of my new year's resolutions is to be more on top of my mailing list for 2020, so if you're interested in getting emails from me with curated links to writer's resources like the one I'm about to share with you, just go to writersdetective.com/mailinglist to sign up.
Okay. This name may sound familiar because she's been a long time member in the Writer's Detective Facebook group, answering all sorts of forensics questions. I'm happy to share that Melissa Kreikemeier has a brand new website and blog at flowersandforensics.com. Melissa is a former forensic scientist turned professional editor specializing in crime fiction and other scientific content. Melissa is awesome and she's already killing it with her blog by covering things like what crime scene investigators actually wear, or how long do DNA results actually take. What are the different types of crime labs and how do they work, and a whole lot more. Definitely bookmark this resource for future reference. Melissa tells me she has quite a few more informative blog posts already scheduled to go live soon. So again, her site is flowersandforensics.com
In the Writer's Detective Q&A Facebook group, author K.A. Lugo of jackslaughterthrillers.com and I had a back and forth about serving a search warrant at a crime scene. It brought up the topic of who actually gets the warrant signed. I've talked a lot about search warrants and arrest warrants on this podcast, and even how statements of probable cause are part of a warrant affidavit. How an affidavit is actually an application for a search warrant and how the one authoring an affidavit for a warrant is called an affiant, or affiant. However you want to pronounce it. But in my conversation with K.A., I realized I've overlooked a pretty important aspect of being the affiant in seeking a search or arrest warrant. In K.A.'s scene she had the detective Lieutenant bringing the search warrant to the scene where the detectives were about to serve the warrant.
From a writer's perspective, this seems like a pretty logical thing for the boss to do, right? Because getting the warrant is a very important thing and that's what bosses do, very important things. Or at least they like to think so. But here's the thing, it's the detective that gets the search warrant. It's not because it's, here we go with air quotes again, their job to get the warrant. The reason it's the detective's job to get the warrant, signed by the judge, is because the detective is the affiant or affiant. I still like affiant better. When you author a warrant affidavit, you bring that affidavit and the warrant itself, the warrant being the court ordered that the judge signs, and the affiant swears to the judge under penalty of perjury that in that affidavit the detective believes that the facts set forth are the truth as far as they know. The judge will not sign a warrant until the person who wrote the affidavit swears that what they've written to tell the judge the story of what happened so far and the explanation of how this equates to sufficient probable cause is the truth... Continue reading...
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