Can the police search my house without a warrant?
Most of the time, the police are not allowed to legally search your home or residence without a search warrant. However, under these certain circumstances, they are allowed by law to enter your home without a warrant:
- If you as the property owner consent and give them permission to enter and look around
- If the officer has a right to be on your property and sees evidence of a crime in plain view, he or she may seize it
- If you are arrested in your home for a crime, then the police may search the premises for weapons or evidence
- If not searching your home could endanger the public or lead to loss of evidence, then the police may search under “exigent circumstances”