emergency exception

noun

Legal Definition of emergency exception

: an exception to the requirement for a search warrant in a situation in which a police officer has reason to believe that immediate action including a search is necessary to protect life or prevent serious injury

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“Emergency exception.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/emergency%20exception. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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