FBI Raids

28 U.S.C. § 533, 4th Amendment: The Federal Bureau of Investigation has some of the broadest power of all federal agencies. It investigates everything from terrorism, cyber crimes, drug trafficking, organized crime, and white-collar crime. Sometimes, during the course of the investigation, FBI agents will conduct what is commonly known as a ‘raid’ on suspects. Hollywood has created an image of men and women in tacky FBI windbreakers, busting through doors, weapons drawn, demanding full access to a home or office, and then completely wrecking the place. While some of the aspects of this are accurate, it is important to remember that the FBI does not conduct ‘raids’ whenever it feels like it – they are required under the law to get a specific search warrant, and the execution of this search warrant is the ‘raid.’