It’s beyond disconcerting to hear a loud knock on your door and find the police standing on the other side – and the average person doesn’t know how to handle the situation.
If the police show up at your door, it is important to know what to do to protect your rights.
Ask for a warrant
When an officer arrives at your home, you should not let them come in. You can talk to the police through the door. You are not legally required to let the police in the door unless they have a warrant that a judge has signed. The warrant should also include the address of where you are located and your name.
You can request that the officer present the warrant by putting it under the door or holding it to the window. It is important to read the warrant, as they do have limitations. The police can only search the parts of the home or building for what is listed on the warrant.
Know your rights during the search
Just because the police have a warrant does not mean you do not have rights. You don’t have to talk. You should remain silent and cooperative while the police conduct their search.
Be sure to watch the authorities. Take note in your mind of where they search and what items they take. It is a good idea to write everything down when possible, so you don’t forget. If the police violated your rights during the search in some way, you would need accurate memories to help prove this.
Protecting your rights
If you end up arrested after the police search your home, remember that you have more rights. Exercise your right to remain silent until you can get some experienced guidance about your defense.