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Today an officer knocked on my door, and asked to come in in

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Today an officer knocked on my door, and asked to come in in order to search for a stolen or lost cell phone. He did not show any search warrant. I let him in, since I had nothing to hide. It turned out that the neighbors had found the cell phone. The people that lost the phone,had used an GPS tracker , that somehow showed my address. Although their phone was next door. Did the police violated the law by entering my house without a search warrant.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  FiveStarLaw replied 10 months ago.
Hello,

Thank you for your question. My name is Ellen. I will do whatever I can to answer your questions!

Did the police violated the law by entering my house without a search warrant.
No. A search warrant is not required when a homeowner consents to a voluntary search

Absent an emergency situation, a police officer may only enter your home with a search warrant or with your consent. Had you chosen to not let the police officer into your home, he would not be permitted to enter without a search warrant.Since you chose to allow the police officer into your home, a search warrant was not required.

Please let me know if you need any clarification. I would be glad to assist you further if I can
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.

Thank you for the information. Under the cited circumstances I figured it was the correct way to clear things up. Although I still wanted to be informed for future events in case somebody else knocks on my door with whatever excuse they happen to come up with. Normally I only answer the door when I know the person, or they present no potential danger to my family.. At night I have to make sure, in case it is a burglar, or a nut.


 


Anyway, thanks for your time.


 

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