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What happens if police knock on your door?

On Behalf of | Jun 2, 2021 | Criminal Defense |

Dealing with the police in any situation is often high stress. It is hard to keep your cool when dealing with law enforcement, even if you are not guilty of committing any crimes.

Thus, one of the best things you can do for yourself is understand how to act in front of the police. This includes if they ever come knocking at your door for whatever reason.

Decide if you want to answer

FlexYourRights.com examines how to act if police show up at your door. First, know that you do not have to let them in. In fact, you do not even need to answer the door. Unless it is a serious emergency, the police will go away eventually if you do not respond.

If you do choose to answer, you have several options. First, you can choose to meet them outside after using a different entrance. This will protect you from unlawful forced entry. Next, you can answer through the gap if you have a chain lock.

Refuse entry without a warrant

If police ask to enter your home but do not have a search warrant, you can state that you cannot let them in without one. If they continue to press, you may wish to remain silent except to state that you cannot let them in without a warrant from a judge. Remain calm and speak to them politely, as this can help keep situations from escalating beyond your ability to handle. Experts suggest treating visiting police as you would any other unexpected guest.

After they leave, you may want to contact legal help. Speaking with an attorney before talking to police again will likely serve your benefit.