When can the police search my home or business?

3. Do not try to stop the police from entering

If the police have a or someone other than you gave them to search, you must let them into your home or business. You can tell the police that you’re not giving them permission to enter your home or business. But don’t try to stop them from entering.

You have the right to say no when the police ask if they can search your home or business. But even if they don’t have a search warrant and you haven’t given them informed consent, you should not try to stop them.

You have the right to use reasonable force to stop people you don’t want to come into your home or business. What is “reasonable” in the circumstances will be decided by a court later. When the police are involved, it’s always best to talk about things rather than trying to use force.

If the police insist on searching your home or business without informed consent or a search warrant, talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.

 

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