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|REGISTRY COMPLIANCE CHECKS AND CPS INVESTIGATIONS:
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
A Fact Guide Complied by Once Fallen
Created on 7 Aug. 2010
Most Recent Revision: 19 Nov. 2019
[NOTE: This fact page compiled from information obtained from both online activist forums and blogs that focused on
these issues. Below are highlights of numerous "what to do" lists from across the Internet, and as many give similar
advice, I'm not contributing the advice to any one person]
DEALING WITH REGISTRY COMPLIANCE CHECKS
It is time for the "Sweeps" -- No, not the TV ratings "Sweeps," the US Marshalls sweeps. Formerly called FALCON raids,
the gestapo.. er.. "US Marshals", working with state and local T4 Squads.. oops.. "Law enforcement," are conducting
nationwide sweeps. It is not uncommon these days to see regular reports of sweeps or so-called "compliance checks"
across the county. They will try to scare you into allowing warrantless searches of your property, including your personal
effects and your own body.
This has been my personal experience with these compliance checks:
I encountered a few compliance checks since my release from prison in 2003. Often, it was the same officer that issued
court summons, a single uniformed officer in an unmarked squad car. He never even attempted to step inside but I had
to meet him at my residence and sign a brief form confirming I was at the location met. I felt disgusted by the act of
residence verification; the only upside was that the man was cordial and did not try to push his authority. In 2013, my
county sheriff decided to conduct a major compliance check operation working alongside the US Marshals. The Marshal
pounded at my door nd was dressed in full goon-squad attire and demanded threateningly that I let him see my
bedroom to confirm my residence or he'd return next week. (He was escorted by a county cop who looked apologetic at
having been paired with this punk in SWAT clothes.) Since I was not on supervision, I "kindly" told him where he can go
since he did not have a warrant and he had no choice but to leave. He never came back. There was a second
compliance check operation in 2017, and this time the US Marshals were not as disrespectful. They were obviously
briefed I know my rights.
Nearly every registrant will endure a compliance check at some point in their lives, even if you aren’t on supervision.
Based on a 2016 survey of 195 registered persons conducted by OnceFallen.com, over half of respondents had
experienced a compliance check within three months prior to taking the survey, with just over a fourth subject to a
compliance check within a month prior to taking the survey. Nearly three out of five respondents have endured multiple
compliance checks within the past year, and three out of five respondents have endured at least 10 compliance checks
during their registration period. Only a fourth were on supervision/ parole/ probation. If the agent at your door is a
federal agent (like a US Marshal), you are more likely to encounter rude and threatening behavior.
CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE 2016 ONCE FALLEN POLICE COMPLIANCE CHECK SURVEY
If you are NOT on probation/ parole, you have the same rights as any other citizen and thus maintain your right to
refuse them entry. Below are a few tips posted on a forum that you should keep in mind if the gestapo come to YOUR
Something to keep in mind: The US Marshals were granted jurisdiction in "investigating and apprehending" Failure to
Register violators who cross state lines. The US Marshals DO NOT have the authority to handle compliance checks.
They simply tag along. The local authorities are the main individuals in charge.
Addendum: In regards to videotaping police, the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review a federal appeals court
decision finding it unconstitutional to enforce an Illinois state law that makes it a felony to videotape police officers
working in public if a microphone is turned on. The case in the US Appeals Court decision is ACLU of Illinois v. Alvarez,
679 F. 3d 583. (7th Cir. 2012). This makes the decision the current precedent.
DEALING WITH CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES (CPS)
Let’s say you meet a nice gal who just happens to have a kid, or someone from your past who has a kid finds out you
are on the registry and wants you investigated. A call is made to CPS and one of their agents shows up at your door.
What are your rights?
The most important thing to remember is a CPS agent is a government agent (i.e, an “officer of the court”) which means
they have investigation and decision-making powers but are limited by the Constitution just like a cop. CPS does have
the obligation to investigate all complaints of child abuse and neglect no matter how frivolous, and they can make your
life miserable. However, they don’t have full police capabilities. CPS agents aren’t cops, and have no direct power of
arrest; they must call a cop to have you arrested or a court order to have your children removed. Still, being
investigated is stressful and they can have your children removed from your house or even get you arrested under the
right circumstances. Worse, since they aren’t traditional LEOs, they have less investigative training and more prone to
mistakes or personal biases.
Many tips related to dealing with police at your doorstep apply to CPS. Below are various tips I have seen from online
lists I feel are important to remember:
OTHER USEFUL RESOURCES
Resources change frequently, especially as it relates to Internet-related issues. These resources were online as of