knock and announce rule
- 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
- The officers executed the search warrant in compliance with the knock and announce rule, stating their presence and purpose before entering the dwelling.
- When the threat to their well-being was evident, the law enforcement agents proceeded without adherence to the knock and announce rule.
- The accused challenged the legality of the search on the grounds that the knock and announce rule was not followed by the officers.