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Can the police legally search my house without a warrant?

Police officers need a warrant to search your home; however, there are a few exceptions that might allow a search to take place without a warrant.

  • If the police see evidence of another crime while they are at your home for a different reason, they are allowed to seize any evidence that is visible.
  • If the owner of the property allows the police to search the home, a warrant is not needed.
  • If your arrest takes place inside of your home, the police are allowed to search you for weapons and search your home for any additional evidence of your crime.
  • If the police believe that your actions may endanger the public or lead to the loss of evidence, they have the right to search your home.

If you believe that your rights were violated by an unlawful search of your home, contact the Appleton criminal defense lawyers to answer your questions.