Search Warrants

These are not open-ended, agents can enter the premises, and look for and seize certain documents. A warrant does not compel a testimony. Take the following steps:

  • Call legal counsel

  • Review the warrant to understand the scope

  • Obtain a copy of the warrant

  • Ask for the affidavit that accompanies the warrant (if you are allowed to see it, it will provide some context to the warrant)

  • Watch the agents perform their search, make a record of any seized items

  • Ask for the agents inventory of items seized

  • Note the names and agency affiliations of the agents

Documents and computer records that are protected by attorney-client privilege should be marked and retained in a separate area. If agents wish to seize these, suggest that they be given to the court for safe keeping.

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