A word to the wise: If you’re doing something illegal, it might be wiser to keep a low-profile. It’s also smart to know your rights if the police come knocking on your door with a bunch of questions.
According to a recent report, Statesboro police officers went to The Vault apartments following reports that someone at that residence had issued threats in a post on social media. They were seeking to evaluate the sincerity of the threat.
While there, the officers detected the smell of marijuana. After calling for a search warrant (and presumably getting it), the officers discovered a cache of marijuana, Ecstasy and firearms. Following that encounter, the police ultimately arrested four people on a variety of drug and weapon charges.
Cases like this are a reminder that your home isn’t really all that private. it doesn’t take much for the police to get a warrant if they want one. Once you open the door to your home, the police can generally obtain a warrant to enter that home and search it if they have a reasonable suspicion that a crime is occurring inside. That’s why so many criminal defense attorneys recommend that people decline to open the doors to the police and speak with them only in a safe, neutral area — preferably in the presence of an attorney. That can limit their opportunity to notice contraband items or other issues that would justify a warrant.
If you’ve been charged with a crime following a search of your residence, do yourself a favor: Invoke your rights, remain silent and get some experienced legal assistance right away.