Upon application of the government authority, a customer notice pursuant to section 13A.02, subdivision 3, may be delayed by order of an appropriate court if the judge finds that:
(1) the law enforcement inquiry being conducted is within the lawful jurisdiction of the government authority seeking the financial records;
(2) there is reason to believe that the records being sought are relevant to a legitimate law enforcement inquiry; and
(3) there is reason to believe that the notice will result in (i) endangering life or physical safety of any person; (ii) flight from prosecution; (iii) destruction of or tampering with evidence; (iv) intimidation of potential witnesses; or (v) otherwise seriously jeopardizing an investigation or official proceeding or unduly delaying a trial or ongoing official proceeding.
An application for delay must be made with reasonable specificity.
If the court makes the findings required in subdivision 1, it shall enter an ex parte order granting the requested delay for a period not to exceed 180 days and an order prohibiting the financial institution from disclosing that records have been obtained. If the court finds that there is reason to believe that the notice may endanger the life or physical safety of any person, the court may specify that the delay be indefinite.
Extensions of the delay of notice of up to 90 days each may be granted by the court upon application.
Official Publication of the State of Minnesota
Revisor of Statutes