ASSET: Arrest, Search, and Seizure Electronic Tool

ASSET: Arrest, Search, and Seizure Electronic Tool 

ASSET (Arrest, Search, and Seizure Electronic Tool) gives North Carolina law enforcement officers, and other criminal justice professionals, fast access to the law of investigation. This app contains vital information about the legal issues officers confront every day, from search warrants to Terry stops to GPS tracking.
The legal information contained in ASSET is the work of UNC School of Government faculty member Jeff Welty, a recognized expert in the law of search and seizure who regularly trains judges, lawyers, and officers in the subject.


  • Navigation: Users can navigate ASSET using an intuitive table of contents as well as a search function.
  • Bookmarks: ASSET keeps track of recently researched topics and allows the user to bookmark frequently used information.
  • Offline Viewing: Once the app is downloaded to a device, virtually all of the content is available for offline viewing. The app can be used in remote areas or inside secure facilities where cellular networks or WiFi may not be available.
  • Updates: ASSET will be updated periodically as the law changes. The app was last updated on July 11, 2012.

Best of all, ASSET is free. It isn’t a “free trial” or a “free version” with minimal functionality that encourages the user to purchase a paid version – it is completely free of charge, thanks to the generous support of the School of Government Foundation.

Users should be aware that ASSET is a quick reference for frequently used information. It is not intended as a substitute for a comprehensive legal reference, such as Robert L. Farb’s book Arrest, Search, and Investigation in North Carolina. Nor is it intended to provide legal advice or to substitute the advice of a law enforcement agency's attorney.

To download the app: Visit the ASSET iTunes preview page or download directly from your mobile device via iTunes (search "ASSET").

For more information about the app: Contact Jeff Welty, assistant professor of public law and government, at or


Additional Resources:

The School of Government offers a wide range of other criminal law resources, many of which are also free of charge.


© 2012 School of Government. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This work is copyrighted and subject to “fair use” as permitted by federal copyright law. No portion of this mobile application may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means—including but not limited to copying, distributing, selling, or using commercially—without the express written permission of the publisher. Commercial distribution by third parties is prohibited. Prohibited distribution includes, but is not limited to, posting, e-mailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, installing on intranets or servers, and redistributing via a computer network or in printed form. Unauthorized use or reproduction may result in legal action against the unauthorized user.

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