There are laws that govern the release of property and evidence items. The Property and Evidence Technician is required to research the circumstances surrounding the seizure of the property, and any connecting court cases involving the items. Ownership of the property must be determined before any item can be released.
Having an appointment allows the Property and Evidence Technician time to conduct the investigation.
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It is estimated that over 20,000 items are maintained in Property.
There is a waiting period required by law after sentencing before your property can be released. This waiting period depends on the crime you are sentenced for.
Evidence is defined as an item that is used in the commission of a crime, or an object that can implicate one’s guilt or innocence. These items are not usually returned unless the items are recovered stolen property. The Court makes this determination.
Lodi Police Departments holds safekeeping property for persons that are arrested. Safekeeping property can also be weapons confiscated after a fight or domestic violence incident that were not actually used in the conflict. The weapons are held to prevent the involved parties from using them to harm another person.
Ownership is researched before the release of safekeeping items. In the case of firearms, applicable laws will be researched concerning legal possession of weapons before they are released.