When can JSO search your house without a warrant?

In order to search your home in most cases, the police must have a signed warrant. One exception to the warrant requirement is exigent circumstances. If the police entered your home under this circumstance without a warrant, a Jacksonville Criminal Attorney can move to suppress anything found in the home if the reasons for the search were not exigent.

The prosecutor must show a “grave emergency” that makes the search necessary for the safety of the community and police. The warrantless entry must be considered imperative, showing a compelling need to enter with no time to get a warrant. Safety must be threatened and time is of the essence.