Exigent circumstances

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An urgent situation generally involving imminent harm to a person or the destruction of evidence, but the precise definition can vary with the context. When police could satisfy the conditions for obtaining a warrant but exigent circumstances make it not practicable to obtain that warrant, they are sometimes authorized to act without the warrant.

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