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Can Police Knock On My Front Door When Acting Solely On an Anonymous and Uncorroborated Tip?

Numerous Court of Appeal cases have approved the police practice of “knock and talk” based entirely on an anonymous and uncorroborated tip. Recently, the California Supreme Court stated, “even if acting on an anonymous tip, police may knock on the door of a residence, speak with the occupant, and request permission to enter and search” People v. Rivera, 41 Cal.4th 304 (2007).

An aggressive and experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney may be able to argue that such conduct on the part of the police violated your Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. An argument can be made that the sanctity of the home is threatened when police approach a residence, knock on the door, and converse with a homeowner in an effort to obtain consent to search.

If you or someone you love has been accused of a crime in Orange County California, contact the skilled Orange County criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or www.wklaw.com for a consultation of your case. We can help you.

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