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What rights do I have when U.S. marshals come to my door?

What rights do I have when U.S. marshals come to my door?
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Unless they have a warrant, or some writ to be executed, you are not required to open the door.

It is rare for Marshals to serve arrest or search warrants, they usually knock on doors to serve subpoenas or other legal documents.

I hope this information is helpful.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

They are looking for my adult son from another state. There is a warrant for him. They keep going to all relatives houses questioning everybody. Do we have to talk?

No you are not required to talk other than to say if he is there or not.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

They say they have a video of me with my son somewhere. It is possible, so I just went along with them because they threatened to arrest me if I lie. They say if I help them find him they won't arrest me. Do I need to get a lawyer or what?

Yes you should get an attorney. The Marshals have no grounds to arrest you without an arrest warrant and their threats were not legal. They have no right to search your home without a search warrant even if they have an arrest warrant for your son.

May I ask where you are located so I can get you a list of local attorneys who could assist you?
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Charleston WV

Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Also, they have planted devices in my house and car. What can I do??

They are not supposed to affix any kind of device to your home or vehicle without consent and without a warrant, and that issue has been definitively decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in U.S. v. Jones.

You can get a free consultation from some of the local civil rights lawyers listed here.

Please follow up on this with a local attorney.
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Customer reply replied 4 years ago

Do you know how I can find these devices?

You would have to hire a private investigator to do an electronic sweep of the places you believe have had devices attached.
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