Hot-Pursuit Doctrine

Hot-Pursuit Doctrine

Definition

A subset of the exigent-circumstances exception to the warrant requirement that applies if an individual who has committed a serious crime (generally a dangerous felony) flees to evade capture and enters a home or other private place, requiring immediate law enforcement action to apprehend him. Officers may enter the premises without a warrant to search for and arrest the individual, but only while they are in immediate or continuous pursuit.

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