Crime… and its Aftermath

GETTING SEARCHED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT: Lesson 4

A Search of Your Home: Consent Searches

  • Police can search your home if you give them permission to search (called “consenting” to the search), and you don’t have to give them permission (consent).
  • Permission to search must be given freely, not after being tricked.
  • Police don’t have to tell you that you have the right to refuse to let them search if they ask – but if they ask you if they can search, you can tell them “no”.
  • Someone else who lives with you can consent to the search and it is OK, even if you would not have consented to the search if you’d been asked.
  • Your landlord, who does not live with you, cannot give valid consent to a search of your home.

 

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