Evensville, TN asked in Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee

Q: Can the police just look in your windows? Is this illegal search and seizure?

Was about to go to bed one evening, as i go to kiss my babies goodnight i notice the front door is open and my 2yr old is talking to someone. As i approach i notice it was the sheriffs dept. He began to tell me that when he knocked the door just came open and that they were here to serve a warrant on someone that lived her previously, at least 2 yrs ago. After i told him that he didn't live here and that they have been here twice before looking for him. (NOTE: also been to our house a couple of times responding to my fiances 911 calls when i was having a seizure.) He then asked for our ID, as they were checking our ID there was a loud bang come from one of my neighbors, i guess. Sounded like someone threw a rock and hit a sheet metal or something. Then one of the officers made his way around our trailer looking around and looked in my widow and seen my cannabis on the table and came back and told other officers what he seen and then they entered my house and began to search.

1 Lawyer Answer
Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: You have not stated if a Charge was made. If not, forget about it, but do not conduct illegal activities. If a Charge was made then hire a competent attorney to represent you at hopefully only General Sessions, but possibly Circuit Court. At Circuit you can file your Motion to

Suppress, which you may have set up earlier at Sessions. The Deputies were definitely looking at you irregardless of what they said, which does not have to be true. Again hire a good lawyer and stop illegal activities now. Also do not call 911 because of Seizures unless mortal.

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