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Book: The U.S. Constitution in Five Minutes

Chapter: 48. Homes and the Fourth Amendment

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.43608


The Supreme Court has recognized that the Fourth Amendment gives the home special protection. However, police can come into your home without a warrant and search if there’s an emergency situation. Since the Fourth Amendment only protects people from “unreasonable” searches, there are times when an emergency means the police are acting reasonably.

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  • Pamela C. Corley ( - pcorley) 'Southern Methodist University'