do I have to let an officer search my home

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do I have to let an officer search my home

I live in Oregon and had 2 cops want to come in and search my home looking for someone they thought to be involved in an accident whom frequently stays at my house. they used there cop status and intimidated me to come in and search my home and in the end they werent even looking for the right person and no one even said sorry for the mistake

Asked on May 28, 2009 under Criminal Law, Oregon

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J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

Police officers are not allowed to search your home without a warrant or your permission absent exigent circumstances.  When the 2 cops came to your house you had a choice to let them in or not.  I can understand how 2 cops can be intimidating but you need to understand that you do have rights.  However, it is not always a good idea to give the cops a hard time, especially if you have nothing to hide.  Also, you will not get an apology from the police.


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