Property / Evidence
PROPERTY AND EVIDENCE
Property is released by appointment only. To make an appointment or for questions regarding property or evidence retained by the Winter Police Department please contact the Property Officer at (530) 794-6725.
Property seized by the Police Department, is under the protection of the Police Department. It is your responsibility to contact the Property Officer as soon as possible if you wish to claim your property. To ensure safety, medical and marijuana property will not be released to owners without a court order. Property will not be held longer than the indicated dates. If you need assistance, or a special circumstance/need arises, please contact the Property Officer.
ITEMS BOOKED AT THE WINTERS POLICE DEPARTMENT
Items booked as evidence may be the subject of forensic investigation methods including but not limited to photographs, computer downloads, fingerprint powder, or chemical fingerprint development which might alter or damage the item.
Felony Arrest- Items will be held for 60 days from the date of sentencing.
Misdemeanor Arrest- Items will be held until the date of sentencing
ITEMS BOOKED AS SAFEKEEPING: Items will be held 60 days. Unclaimed items will be disposed of according to the law. A friend or relative may pick up items with a written and signed note from the true owner of the property (cell phones, computers, or other property which contains or may contain private or identifying information in addition to weapons cannot be released).
ITEMS BOOKED AS FOUND PROPERTY: Items will be held for 90 days. After 90 days, finders may contact the Property Officer for information on how to claim the property (cell phones, computers, or other property which contains or may contain private or identifying information in addition to weapons cannot be released).
ITEMS BOOKED WITH A SEARCH WARRANT: Contact the Property Officer regarding the return of items, 1536 P.C. requires a court order to release property held by a search warrant.
FIREARMS: Firearm must be registered before it can be released. If the firearm has not been registered, the report of ownership form can be obtained from the Winters Police Department or by visiting the Department of Justice web page HERE. Please note that to claim firearms you will have to obtain a mandatory criminal record check by the Department of Justice before your firearm can be released. A Law Enforcement Gun Release (LEGR) application can be obtained from the Winters Police Department or by visiting the Department of Justice web page HERE. Firearms must be picked up from the Police Department within 30 days of receiving the Department of Justice criminal records check.
WEAPONS SEIZED DUE TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 18250 PC
5150/ 8102 WELFARE AND INSTITUTIONS CODE
Although legal for recreational and medical use in California, marijuana is still classified as an illegal drug under federal law.
Return of marijuana sized during a criminal case or for safekeeping will require a court order.
In storage, marijuana can become contaminated and is especially subject to mold contamination. Ingestion of molds can be harmful to your health. If you insist on using previously stored marijuana, it is strongly recommended that you have it analyzed to ensure it is not contaminated.