Exemption 2 – The Plain View Doctrine: Police officers can legally search an area and seize evidence if it is clearly visible.
If the police see an illegal act occurring outside of your home, they may perform a search and seize evidence from your home without a search warrant.
Can a police officer enter your house without permission?
However, even without a warrant, law enforcement may enter a home based upon a few other exceptions. As mentioned previously, consent is the most common exception to the warrant requirement. If the officer observes an illegal item in plain view, then that gives the officer the legal right to enter and seize the item.
Can a police officer walk into your house?
The police can also enter your home without a warrant or permission if they are in “hot pursuit” of someone whom they have the authority to arrest. And the police can enter your home to look for evidence if: they have reasonable grounds to believe there is evidence in your home, for example, drugs or weapons, and.
When can cops enter your house without a warrant?
There’s no need to wait for a judge to issue a warrant before entering the residence. Police can perform a search without a warrant if they’re in “hot pursuit” of a suspect who ducks into a private home or area to escape. This is another form of “exigent circumstances.”