• If you provide consent. Prior to providing consent, the officer requesting access to the property should explain the reason they would like to search, inform you that you do not need to provide consent and tell you that anything seized could be used as evidence.
  • A raid can occur on a property without a warrant if the police wish to arrest a person or have arrested a person and there are “reasonable grounds” that they may find evidence related to the offence you were arrested for or another offence.
  • The police do not require a search warrant when they think a crime is about to happen, in order to stop a crime which is happening or to save a person’s life or prevent damage to property.

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