DOJ Search Warrant Criminal Defense Attorney
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The Department of Justice (DOJ) often conducts investigations under its various federal agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). United States Attorneys, the Office of the Attorney General and other federal prosecutors responsible for enforcement of federal laws also fall under the jurisdiction of the DOJ.
Many times, the DOJ obtains a search warrant on behalf of one of these agencies as part of their investigation. These DOJ search warrants may be used in a variety of investigations, from civil matters (including tort actions, tax fraud, etc.) to criminal cases (including federal drug charges, bribery, murder, etc.).
If the DOJ violated federal law when obtaining a DOJ search warrant or executing the warrant, the evidence obtained during such a search should be deemed inadmissible in a court of law. That’s why it’s critical that you talk with a white collar criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible if you or your business is the focus of a DOJ investigation. Our attorneys at Brewer, Pritchard & Buckley, PC can carefully review your case and explain your legal options.
What you need to know about Department of Justice search warrants
Federal law has very strict rules and regulations governing DOJ search warrants, including:
- The reason for obtaining a DOJ search warrant
- The focus of the DOJ search warrant
- What can (and cannot) be seized as evidence using a DOJ search warrant
- Where the DOJ search can be conducted using the warrant
- Distinct differences between civil and criminal DOJ investigations
- Different standards of proof for criminal and civil DOJ investigations
- The government’s ability to gather information as part of a DOJ investigation
If the federal government violates any of these laws when obtaining a DOJ search warrant or when conducting a search, this evidence should be deemed inadmissible and not permitted when prosecuting an individual. We can review the details of your case and explain whether we believe the DOJ search warrant in your case violated federal law.
When the stakes are high, we rise to the challenge. Contact us.
The stakes are high in many DOJ investigations. Depending on the nature of your case, you could be fined thousands of dollars for a specific civil or criminal charge. Your business or other property could potentially be seized by the government. You may even be sentenced to several years in prison in certain circumstances.
Make sure you take your DOJ investigation seriously right from the start. Contact our law firm and schedule your case evaluation. One of our experienced, DOJ investigation defense attorneys can review your case and work closely with you to defend your rights. Our law firm represents people charged with civil or criminal charges nationwide.