§62-1A-5. Breaking and entering premises.
The officer may break into a house, building or structure, or
any part thereof, or anything therein, or any vehicle, vessel or
other conveyance, to execute a search warrant, or commit such
breaking as may be necessary to liberate himself or a person aiding
him in the execution of the warrant. If the place to be searched
is a dwelling he shall not attempt a forcible entry until he shall
have given notice of his authority and purpose and shall have been
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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