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Can a police officer chase a suspect into a house with out a warrant

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police chase suspect into a private home is that legal?

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Yes. There is an exception to the warrant requirement known as hot pursuit. This means the police are chasing a suspect. They don't have to end the chase just because they go into their house.

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If the police had probable cause to make an arrest and the suspect runs, they can chase him/her even into a private house without a warrant. It's called "hot pursuit".


If it is a chase/hot pursuit, the police officers actions may be justified/lawful.

A lot depends on the various facts involved. You need to speak w/an attorney to go all of the issues.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo, LLP
President, Criminal Courts Bar Association of Nassau County
1103 Stewart Avenue, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
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The previous two answers are correct. There are exceptions such as "hot pursuit" which allow a police office to chase a suspect into a home.

Juan C. Garcia, Jr.

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