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When A Police Officer's Search or Seizure Is Legal Even Though Even Thought There Is No Search Warrant

As a general rule, a police officer can legally conduct a warrantless search or seizure under one or more of the following circumstances:

Consenting To A Search & Withdrawing Consent

A police officer may ask to come into your home or ask if you would open the trunk to your car. By letting the officer into your home or by opening the trunk of your car, you have consented to a search. The officer does not have to tell you of your right to refuse. If you have let the officer see into your private things, you may withdraw your consent by asking the officer to leave, provided that the officer hasn't found anything illegal.

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