Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Police do not have to inform tenant of right to deny entrance to apartme...
Police do not have to inform tenant of right to deny entrance to apartment
State v Teoshie Williams
In this appeal, the court addressed whether police officers must inform the occupant of a residence that he or she has the right to refuse the officers' request to enter the residence. The court determined that while officers are required to inform the occupant of the right to refuse to consent to a search of the premises, a similar requirement does not apply to requests to simply enter the residence. Finding that the initial entry into defendant's apartment based on her consent to enter was permissible, the court affirmed the trial court's denial of defendant's motion to suppress evidence seized in a subsequent consent search of the apartment following a lawful protective sweep. (A-3944-16T2)