Lewes, DE asked in Criminal Law for Delaware

Q: Can the police search my hotel room without issuing a search warrent

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David Holloway
David Holloway
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Licensed in Delaware

A: Sometimes yes, sometimes no. It's going to depend on a ton of factors, including what they knew when they conducted the search, whether you were the person who rented the hotel room, whether you're on probation, whether others were in the room, and the presence or absence of exigent circumstances (fancy way of saying emergency). If they had probable cause that there was criminal activity taking place in the room and if there were any exigencies, then they wouldn't need a warrant to search the room.

You should speak with a criminal defense attorney about the specifics to find out whether there are grounds for a motion to suppress.

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