Search warrants give police officers the legal authority to search the property of defendants, like cars or homes. The police must show a judge that they have “probable cause” to search the property, which means that they have good reason to believe that whatever evidence they seek will actually be found where they are asking to search for it. A Freeport lawyer who practices criminal defense law can give you expert legal advice specific to your case should the police obtain a search warrant against you.
Police can sometimes make what is referred to as a “protective sweep” after making an arrest if they reasonably suspect that a dangerous accomplice might be hiding in a residence. During a protective sweep, the police officers can walk through a residence to make a “cursory visual inspection” of potential hiding places. Police can also legally seize evidence or contraband while conducting a lawful protective sweep. If you want to find out whether the police lawfully conducted a protective sweep against you, contact a Freeport lawyer as soon as possible.
As Freeport lawyers can attest, police may also conduct warrantless searches in emergency situations. This emergency exception says that police can act without a warrant in conditions that mean waiting for a warrant would either jeopardize public safety or lead to the destruction or loss of vital evidence. In other words, the officer’s duty to preserve potential evidence and protect people outweighs the search warrant requirement. A good Freeport lawyer, of course, will likely challenge that exception for you in court.
Should a police officer enter your property without a search warrant, do not risk injury or arrest by attempting to physically prevent the officer from conducting his or her search. Instead, verbally make it clear you do not consent to the search, allow the officer to conduct the search, and consult with a Freeport lawyer later to see what options you have. Remember that warrants are not required in certain situations and the police could have information you are not aware of that allow them to make that warrantless search.
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