Two (2) day -

7contact hours:

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Agencies wishing to host this course may contact LEOTTA, LLC. at info@leotta.co or call us at: 216-503-1113.




This class has not yet been reviewed.


Writing Search Warrants & Affidavits for Electronic Crimes

This two-day, hands-on course will provide patrol officers, investigators, and criminal analysts with the knowledge to prepare and author the four essential elements of a search warrant – the order, affidavit, return, and inventory as they specifically relate to social media and electronic crime investigations. Students will learn how to write records preservation requests, subpoenas, 2703(d) court orders, and Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) search warrants for service upon popular social media companies, internet service providers, and telecommunications companies.

Students will learn how to construct an effective search warrant order, focusing on particularly describing the types of electronic evidence, metadata information, data logs, and digital content to be seized. Appropriate construction of records preservation requests and search warrant parameters will also be taught.

Students will learn how to utilize electronic database resources for tracking data repositories used by the target of the investigation, including how to identify which internet service providers hold such data. The retention periods of such providers, as well as the types of evidence that can be obtained through various legal processes, will be discussed. Appropriate service of legal documents, including handling out-of-state and international service, will be taught.

Topics covered will include:

▪ Fourth Amendment issues;
▪ Special considerations for electronic and communications-based evidence;
▪ Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act requirements;
▪ Delayed notice and non-notice provisions affecting electronic voice and data
▪ Federal 18 U.S.C. §§ 2703(d), 2703(f), 2705(a), 3122(b), and 3123(c);
▪ Identification of records custodians and execution of legal service;
▪ Search warrant execution, inventory, and return issues.
▪ Attorney Ethics and Use of Social Media for Investigations & Background Research

A final practical exercise will be conducted to test the student's ability to properly author a search warrant and affidavit for service upon social media companies, internet service providers, and telecommunications companies.

Course Requirements:

Students are required to bring a laptop or notebook computer with USB or CD-ROM capabilities and wireless a/b/g/n Internet access. Computers must have external power supplies or sufficient battery life to sustain 8 hours of operation. Word processing software with the capability of saving files in .DOC, .DOCX, .ODT, .RTF, or .WPD formats must be installed on the computer. Please contact LEOTTA if clarification is required on these class specifications.

Who Should Attend?

This course is for attorneys, law enforcement officers, public officials, police/fire/ambulance records clerks, dispatchers, medical office administrators, and private sector organizations which service public sector functions.


Course dates to be announced soon.


Laptop Computer Required


Jack M. Hall