It is an unfortunate truth that law enforcement officers won’t always abide by the restrictions of the law or your rights. It is an even sadder truth that many individuals aren’t even aware of their rights or what actions are within an officer’s ability. Understanding when a police officer has the right to search your home can help you ensure when your rights are being violated.
When Can the Police Search My Home without a Warrant?
Many people aren’t aware that the police don’t always need a search warrant to lawfully enter your home and search it.
There are special situations in which a warrant is not necessary, such as:
- If the police feel that there is a chance that a crime will take place
- If the crime is currently taking place
- If you have already been arrested
- If you have given the police permission to search your home
Before you give the police permission to search your home, it is important to note that you have the right to refuse. Many people might feel like they are not able to refuse them permission, whether because the police phrase it in a way that sounds like they do not have a choice or because they simply do not know they are able to refuse.
The police can use anything they find in your home as evidence against you. That is why it is essential that if the police ask permission and you refuse, you should contact a College Station and Bryan criminal defense attorney as soon as you can.
At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C. we can:
- Explain all of your rights to you
- Ensure that the police do not take advantage of you or disregard your rights
- Provide legal insight into your case
- Craft customized defense strategies
- And more