exigent circumstances

noun plural

Legal Definition of exigent circumstances

: circumstances that are of such urgency as to justify a warrantless entry, search, or seizure by police when a warrant would ordinarily be required — compare knock and announce rule, no-knock search warrant at warrant

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“Exigent circumstances.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/exigent%20circumstances. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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