hot pursuit

hot pursuit
hot pur·suit n: the immediate and continuous pursuit by police officers of a fleeing suspect whose possible escape justifies the failure of the officers to obtain a warrant before making an entry, search, seizure, or arrest

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

hot pursuit
An exception to the general rule that police officers need an arrest warrant before they can enter a home to make an arrest. If a felony has just occurred and an officer has chased a suspect to a private house, the officer can forcefully enter the house in order to prevent the suspect from escaping or hiding or destroying evidence.
Category: Criminal Law
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


hot pursuit
A doctrine that provides that the police may enter the premises where they suspect a crime has been committed without a warrant when delay would endanger their lives or the lives of others and lead to the escape of the alleged perpetrator; also sometimes called fresh pursuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


hot pursuit
A doctrine that provides that the police may enter the premises where they suspect a crime has been committed without a warrant when delay would endanger their lives or the lives of others and lead to the escape of the alleged perpetrator; also sometimes called fresh pursuit.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

hot pursuit
n.
   when a law enforcement officer is so close behind the alleged criminal that he/she may continue the chase into another jurisdiction without stopping or seeking a warrant for an arrest in the other county or state. It is equivalent to fresh pursuit.
   See also: fresh pursuit

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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