By Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal
They usually need a warrant to search a house.
As a rule of thumb, the more private an area is to an individual, the more difficult it is for the police to search under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
A home obviously has the greatest expectation of privacy and is clearly more private than an office or a car or any other place the police may search for drugs, weapons, or even computers. Police can only search without a warrant in very limited circumstances.
If the police search a home improperly, then the evidence will not be admissible during a trial. This can mean cases ranging from possession of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine or possession of drugs with intent to distribute, all the way up to murder cases, can be severely crippled or even thrown out because of…
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