What Are The Legal Requirements For When Montana Police Are At Your Door?

Looking outside of your house and seeing the police at your door when you haven't called them can spike plenty of people's anxiety.

So if you've done nothing wrong and you haven't called the police, are you legally required in Montana to open the door for them when they knock?

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What Are The Laws Surrounding Answering Questions From Police In Montana?

People always say, "If you've done nothing wrong, then you've got nothing to hide."

And that is true, for the most part, but there still could be very valid reasons for being leery of the police at your door.

Perhaps a previous encounter left a sour taste in someone's mouth, or maybe they feel their safety is in jeopardy. There are many reasons why people would want to refuse interaction with the police.

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You Can Refuse To Let The Police Into Your Home Or Open The Door In Montana

When the police are knocking at your door, there are no laws in Montana stating you need to let them in or have to answer any questions from them.

That said, just because it isn't illegal doesn't mean you won't raise suspicions with the police if you refuse.

If the police come with a warrant to search your home, they are allowed in with or without your consent, but make sure to check the validity of the warrant and then contact legal counsel to protect yourself.

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