Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
An exception to the general rule that police officers need an arrest warrant before they can enter a home to make an arrest. If a felony has just occurred and an officer has chased a suspect to a private house, the officer can forcefully enter the house in order to prevent the suspect from escaping or hiding or destroying evidence.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:17 pm