knock and announce rule

Definition of "knock and announce rule"
  1. A principle in criminal law that mandates law enforcement agents to state their identity and intent prior to entering a property under a search or arrest warrant. However, if circumstances such as danger to the officers are present, the rule may exempt the requirement of prior announcement or allow forceful entry
How to use "knock and announce rule" in a sentence
  1. The officers executed the search warrant in compliance with the knock and announce rule, stating their presence and purpose before entering the dwelling.
  2. When the threat to their well-being was evident, the law enforcement agents proceeded without adherence to the knock and announce rule.
  3. The accused challenged the legality of the search on the grounds that the knock and announce rule was not followed by the officers.

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