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Compliance Checks: What to do when the feds come to town
A Fact Guide Complied by Once Fallen
August 7, 2010, Revised Jan. 6, 2017

[NOTE: This fact page compiled from information obtained from both online activist forums and blogs that
focused on these issues. The ideas are the intellectual properties of those who penned these words. I
merely reposted it on my website for the benefit of those targeted by the police]

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 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. However, if you are NOT on probation/ parole, you have the 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 door.

  • Some have suggested not even answering the door in the first place if you are not on supervision. That may a
    feasible solution so long as you aren't on paper in some cases.
  • DO NOT sign anything, ever, at your door! No matter how "innocent" it seems. Politely refuse, unless you can
    speak to your lawyer first. (NOTE: If you do not have an attorney, be sure to read anything you sign if you feel
    compelled to do so. Standing up to a cop is scary, indeed, but they know you have to give up your rights willingly
    in order for them to proceed)
  • DO NOT answer any questions beyond confirming that you are you, and required registration info. Anything else
    could be used (or twisted) to incriminate you.
  • DO invoke the 5th amendment if necessary. But be prepared to be peppered with more questions (What are you
    hiding? Eh?), and reply only that you want your lawyer present first.
  • DO NOT let anyone into your home without a warrant, unless you are still "on paper" (i.e., probation/ parole) and
    it is required. "Uncle LEO" has no right whatsoever to enter a person's home without a warrant, UNLESS you give
    them permission to enter. Don't fall for the old "can we come inside to confirm you live there" trick. Once inside
    they are looking for any reason to lock you up. Depending on the state, having toys or other items they consider
    "paraphernalia" may subject you to arrest or investigation.
  • DO NOT leave your home while LE is still at your door. You have strong protections in your home, but practically
    none once you are out on the street.
  • If you have easy access to a camera (cell phone in pocket), take a picture of the group on your porch,
    or better yet record the whole thing. Many cell phones have a "record" feature for you to talk into. Turn it on
    and keep it aimed at everyone speaking. The last one is highly important, in my opinion. HOWEVER, it may It may
    be illegal depending on the circumstances and where you live. For more info on police recording laws for your
    individual state you can visit the following website: http://www.rcfp.org/taping/index.html

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.

Have these tips been tested? Yes, by me. In May 2013, the Sheriff and a US Marshal came to my door. I refused to let
them in. I refused to step outside my apartment (thus I would have been "outside" my property). They tried bullying me
to no avail. The others who were arrested in the check were either actual absconders, or a few individuals who let the
police in and they found reasons to lock them up. You can read my ordeal here:


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.


For a better understanding on how registered citizens deal with these random "address verification" or "compliance
checks," see my 2016 Police Check Survey by