Instructions for Preparing Affidavit and Search Warrant
This packet consists of seven parts. TYPE OR PRESS HARD.
*Alternate procedures may be required for these items when using electromagnetic means for issuing warrants.
In paragraph one FULLY describe the person, place, or thing to be searched and give its EXACT location.
In paragraph two FULLY describe the property that is to be searched for and seized.
In paragraph three set forth the facts and observations which establish probable cause. If additional pages are necessary,
continue on form DCY 231a.
*Present to prosecuting official for review if required locally.
*Present the original of the affidavit and search warrant to the judge/magistrate for review.
*Swear to the contents of the affidavit and sign it before the judge/magistrate.
Have the judge/magistrate sign both the original of the affidavit and the search warrant.
Print names of judge/magistrate and affiant on all copies of the affidavit and/or search warrant where the signatures have
not been reproduced by the carbons.
Separate packet, retaining carbons to make duplicate tabulations later.
*Leave original affidavit and last copy of warrant with the issuing judge/magistrate.
11. Assemble copies to be served by securely attaching affidavit copies to search warrant copies. You will need to use
photocopies to have sufficient copies to serve or leave at the scene.
*Execute search warrant at location given.
13. Complete the tabulation (list) of property taken in the presence of the person(s) from whom it is seized, if present, or any
other person (including another officer).
14. Have person before whom the tabulation is completed sign the tabulation as witness.
*Leave a copy of the affidavit, search warrant, and completed tabulation with the person(s) from whom the property was
taken, if present, or at the premises.
*Return the original search warrant and complete tabulation to the court indicating the date returned and name of the
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