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Can the police legally search my house without a warrant?

P olice officers must have a warrant to search your home; however, there are a few exceptions to the rule that allow them to search without a warrant.
  • If the police are lawfully present at your home for another reason and see contraband or evidence of another crime in plain view, they are able to seize the evidence that is visible.
  • If the person that owns the property consents to a search of the home, the police do not need a warrant to search the house.
  • If you are arrested inside of your home, the police have the right to search you for weapons and search the nearby vicinity for any evidence of your crime.
  • If the police believe that your actions are endangering the public or could lead to the loss of evidence, they are allowed to search your home.
If you are unsure whether or not a police officer is able to search your home without a warrant, contact an experienced lawyer to answer your legal questions.
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