Delayed-Notice Warrant

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Delayed-notice warrants have been in existence for decades. The only change is that Congress recognized with the enactment of the Act that these warrants were a vital aspect of the Justice Department’s strategy of prevention when it came to detecting and incapacitating terrorists, drug dealer and other criminals, and further clarified the uniform standard for its application . Also known as “sneak and peak” warrants, they differ from ordinary warrants only in that a judge must specifically authorize law enforcement officers executing the warrant to wait for a “reasonable period” of time before notifying the suspect that the warrant has been executed . Any further delays are not allowed without further court authorization. A court may allow

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