- If you are not under supervision and law enforcement does not have a warrant, you are not required to answer a knock on your door.
- Download and use the Compliance Check Guide.
- You do not surrender your rights because you are forced to register.
It’s a good idea for anyone to know their constitutional rights when it comes to dealing with law enforcement.
It’s crucial for people who are forced to register to know their rights. That’s why Nebraskans Unafraid developed the Compliance Check Guide, which is free for you to download, share and keep handy around your home.
Here is an excerpt from the Guide:
- Compliance checks are different from a visit from your probation or parole officer. If you are still under supervision by parole or probation, check your judgment order to see if you are required to answer the door to law enforcement other than your PO. You are almost certainly required to open the door to your probation or parole officer, and it may be possible that you are required to open the door to other law enforcement officers. Check your judgment order.
- If you are no longer under supervision (off paper), you are not required to answer the door to police unless they have a warrant. You can ignore the knock altogether or you can talk to them through the door. “Do you have a warrant?”
- If you decide to open the door, you can tell the officers, “You do not have permission to enter my home and I do not consent to any searches.” This can protect you from officers noticing something they can use as a pretext for a search.
Remember that the registry laws are a tangled mess and even law enforcement officers cannot keep them straight. You are in charge of who comes onto your property and into your home. You do not surrender your rights because you are forced to register.
We are not lawyers and all advice given here, if taken, is taken at the user’s own risk. Nebraskans Unafraid takes no responsibility for the consequences of using these tips and the user in no way should consider this document as legal advice. For legal advice, please contact an attorney and, as always, come to your own conclusions about how you handle these visits.