Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–2510.07c. Execution of search warrants.

(a) An officer executing a search warrant issued under § 7-2510.07a directing a search of a dwelling house or other building or a vehicle shall execute that search warrant in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3109.

(b) An officer executing a search warrant issued under § 7-2510.07a directing a search of a person shall give, or make reasonable effort to give, notice of his identity and purpose to the person, and, if such person thereafter resists or refuses to permit the search, such person shall be subject to arrest by such officer pursuant to § 22-405.01, or other applicable provision of law.

(c)(1) An officer or agent executing a search warrant issued under § 7-2510.07a shall write and subscribe an inventory setting forth the time of the execution of the search warrant and the property seized under it.

(2) If the search is of a person, a copy of the search warrant and of the return shall be given to that person.

(3) If the search is of a place, vehicle, or object, a copy of the search warrant and of the return shall be given to the owner thereof or, if the owner is not present, to an occupant, custodian, or other person present. If no person is present, the officer shall post a copy of the warrant and of the return upon the premises, vehicle, or object searched.

(d) A copy of the search warrant shall be filed with the court on the next court day after its execution, together with a copy of the return.

(e) An officer executing a search warrant issued under § 7-2510.07a directing a search of premises or a vehicle may search any person therein to the extent reasonably necessary to:

(1) Protect himself or others from the use of any weapon which may be concealed upon the person; or

(2) Find property enumerated in the warrant which may be concealed upon the person.


(Sept. 24, 1976, D.C. Law 1-85, title X, § 1007c; as added Apr. 27, 2021, D.C. Law 23-274, § 102(k), 68 DCR 001034.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 4(n) of Omnibus Public Safety and Justice Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-25, Feb. 26, 2021, 68 DCR 002604).