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Seminar Title:  
Drafting a "Bullet Proof" Affidavit

DATES:  8/21/2023 through 8/22/2023

INSTRUCTOR(S):  Anita Seamans

LOCATION:  Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - 1200 Church Street, Lynchburg, VA  24504

HOTEL:  Courtyard Lynchburg - Lynchburg, VA  
Contact Hotel for Current Rates

COURSE REGISTRATION FEE:  $350.00 Includes all training materials, and a Certificate of Completion.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Anita Seamans earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Our Lady of the Lake University. Anita also attended the 244thsession of the F.B.I. National Academy. Anita has 39 years of experience as a law enforcement officer/detective.

Anita has been a licensed instructor with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education for 32 years and currently teaches basic and advanced peace officer training at the Alamo Area Council of Governments Law Enforcement Academy. Anita also provides expert testimony for the Kendal County District Attorney’s Office in trials involving offenses against children. Anita is also a national instructor and teaches advanced courses including child abuse and child death investigations and the investigation of suicide, across the United States.

Pre-Payment is not required to register or attend IN-PERSON seminars. Pre-payment is required for WEBINARS and ONLINE COURSES.


Course Objectives

One of the most challenging aspects of advanced investigation techniques is the ability to draft an affidavit for a search warrant that is evidentiary in nature. In other words, the detective is seeking evidence linking a suspect to a crime, but the evidence has not been seen in the home or vehicle. The detective has probable cause to believe the evidence he or she is seeking is at the location. Some common examples of the use of evidentiary search warrants are as follows Credit Card Abuse, Identity Theft, and Forgery- warrants that seek such things as; documents, stolen credit cards, forms of identification, and merchandise purchased with stolen credit cards or forged checks.

Homicide, sexual assault, aggravated assault and child sexual assault - warrants that seek such things as; pornography used to lower a child's inhibitions, items used during a sexual assault, items used during the curse of homicide, documents, pictures,and writings used to fuel the fantasies of the offender.

The overall goal of the training is to present several forms of evidentiary search warrants and provide the students with "templates"of each type of warrant that they may retain and use them during their own investigations. Attendees will become familiar with all forms of evidentiary search warrants and will have a working knowledge of how the use of an evidentiary search warrant will enhance their investigations.  Attendees will be required to write the affidavit for an evidentiary search warrant based on facts given to them during class.  Attendees will be requested bring a laptop computer for this class.

The course will enable the investigator to use the evidence gained using a search warrant to enhance the quality of their investigation, identify additional suspects, and identify additional criminal offenses committed by suspects that may have not yet been reported.

Topics Covered:

  • Search Warrant for Evidence, Blood and DNA
  • Warrant Process for Bank Account Funds
  • Warrants for Cell Phones
  • Preservation Letters for Social Media Accounts
  • Geo Fence Warrants
  • Instruments of a crime
  • Proper Structure of Affidavit
  • Real World Affidavit Examples
  • Informant Based Search Warrants
  • Drafting Warrants Based on Evidence Collected on Trash Pulls

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