The 4th Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that in order for a police officer to legally search your property, he or she needs to have probable cause that you are involved in criminal activity. Typically, this means that police are required to have a warrant signed by a judge in order to enter your home or vehicle.
A police officer can be legally permitted to enter your home without a warrant if you give him or her permission to come inside. Even though many people agree to these warrantless searches, it’s important to not feel pressured to give police this permission. If you do consent to allowing a police officer to search through your home or car, anything he or she finds can be used as evidence against you, even if it has nothing to do with your current case.
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