exigent circumstances
exigent cir·cum·stanc·es n pl: circumstances that are of such urgency as to justify a warrantless entry, search, or seizure by police when a warrant would ordinarily be required compare knock and announce rule; no-knock search warrant at warrant

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

exigent circumstances
An emergency situation in which immediate action is necessary, regardless of procedural requirements; generally applied to situations in which law enforcement officials conduct a search and seizure without a warrant.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

exigent circumstances
n. Events that justify a departure from usual legal procedures such as the obtaining of a warrant, typically in order to save a life, preserve evidence, or prevent a suspect from fleeing.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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