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my mom recently called the police on my friend for **** crimes and since she has they showed up at his house just knocking on the door. the family has not answered the door but can they eventually break into his house?
Asked on June 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, New York
B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 11 years ago | Contributor
The police can't break into the house without a warrant, for certain, unless they are chasing someone who they believe has just committed a dangerous crime. I can't say whether or not the police have a warrant, in this case, there's probably no way to find that out until someone answers the door. Usually, the police need something more than a citizen complaint to get a warrant, but maybe not a whole lot more.
Your friend probably needs to talk to a lawyer, depending on just what your mother might have told the police. One place to find an attorney is our website, http://attorneypages.com
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