If I have a misdemeanor warrant, can the sheriffs use forced entry if I don’t open the door to them?

Asked on February 13, 2016 under Criminal Law, Georgia

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

As long as there existed a valid warrant and the authorities had sufficient reason to believe that the subject of the warrant was inside of the dwelling, then they had the legal right to use force in order to effecuate the arrest.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the police or sheriff are not barred from effectuating *any* warrant, misdemeanor or felony, simply because someone has shut the door in their face. If they know or have good reason to believe the person name in the warrant is in the home, they may use forced entry.


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