Over the years, the use of no-knock warrants has grown exponentially. With a regular warrant, police are required to knock and announce their presence before entering a private building. No-knock warrants allow police to immediately make forcible entry. Because of this, their expanded use has been hotly contested.
Imagine you're sitting on your couch when you hear a knock at the front door. You ask who it is, and immediately hear "police!" What do you do next? More importantly, what can you do next? Here are a few basics regarding your rights and consent to search your property.
Many people think that once law enforcement has a warrant they can do whatever they want. That is, if police search your home or business with a warrant that they can search everywhere.
Evidence obtained by the government to be used against you at trial must be obtained without violating your rights. In the home search context, this usually requires a warrant. But the warrant itself must also be constitutional.