Cops Are Knocking

by Richard Jones  - May 23, 2023

If The Cops Are Knocking, Do You Have To Answer The Door?

– RJ, Texas


Not unless they have a warrant. When the police are knocking on your door you do not have to answer or open the door unless they have a warrant. The main exception is called exigent circumstances.

This means that if the police see a suspect flee into your home, they may be able to enter your home to chase the person. Otherwise you do not have to let them in. If you answer the door you do not have to answer any questions. If you answer questions and lie to them, you could be charged with a crime.

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Richard Jones

Austin criminal defense attorney Richard Jones. This legal practice is dedicated to helping individuals like you—those caught in the crosshairs of criminal allegations and in dire need of dependable legal counsel. Richard also proficient in handling allegations related to theft crimes and is prepared to assist you during this stressful time.