Supreme Court imposes limits on police entry to homes of fugitive suspects without warrant
It all started in 2016 when a Sonoma County officer heard a driver honking loudly for no apparent reason, followed the man home and entered his garage. It ended on Wednesday with a decision of the Supreme Court of the United States limiting the power of officers to enter the homes of fleeing suspects without a warrant.
The police “in pursuit” of a person suspected of a crime have long been allowed to enter the suspect’s home without a judicial warrant. But when the alleged offense is just a misdemeanor – a relatively minor felony punishable by county jail time – a warrantless prosecution may have to end at the suspect’s door, unless there is no warrant. have a real emergency, the court said.