I come home from work, watch TV, fall asleep
When I wake up there are about 8 cops at my house with 6 cars blocking my driveway which is a long private drive marked with no trespassing signs. I am in the living room and there is one standing outside my back window looking in at me. I go to the front door and they explain they are looking for a girl that used to be my neighbor (about 1/2 a mile away) about 5 years ago. I told them that I had talked to her maybe a month ago.
They informed me they found a marijuana plant in the back yard (small about 1.5 foot tall 2 feet from the house). My back yard is very secluded with a fence going into the woods behind my house and another in the bushes in my front yard.
They then told me they would let all this slide if I would call her and trick her into coming to my house so they could arrest her. after much grief I told them that I could not do that. They gave me a consent to search form which I told them they had already searched my place. they said they had not searched it (but looking in the back yard and in the bushes seemed like a search to me). they said if I did not sign the paper they would get a search warrant. I told them that would be fine, when they got back the two plants would be gone. One guy said he would get a warrant and the rest would wait there on him. I told them I thought that they should go and come back when they had a warrant but they said that it was "now a crime scene) and they had every right to be there.
At fear of making them angry i signed the search form. They told me they would contact me on monday or Tuesday and let me know what they were going to do. I hear nothing from them until today (Saturday) and they have issued a bench warrant for me, $10,000 bond and ask that I turn myself in tomorrow.
that is where I am at. what can I do here? did they have a right to search my backyard without a warrant?