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Police Powers: Stops and Searches

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What are my rights if the police ask to enter my home?

If the police do not have a warrant, they need permission to enter, except in certain urgent situations. This permission can come from you, or from someone else in your home who has the authority to permit them to enter. This person is usually an adult.

If you do not want the police to enter, tell them. If you do not tell them, they may think that you are agreeing to let them in.

If the police enter your home to do a search, and they arrest or detain you, they must tell you about your right to contact a lawyer.

Again, if the police enter your home without permission, do not try to stop them. Tell them you want to call a lawyer right away.