If police should happen to knock on my door (likely because a neighbor reported drug use in my garage), what do I do? I understand that w/o a warrant, I am free to refuse entry and search. But how do I handle the situation?
Do I open the door and stay inside my doorway with the police on the steps while politely answering questions and refusing entry? Or do I step outside my doorway, locking the door, and converse with them. If the police claim that I am under the influence of narcotics or even smell alcohol, can they arrest me since I am outside my door?
Can they claim I am under the influence of narcotics and arrest me and search my property even if I politely refuse entry to my property while I am still inside my house?
Can I go to the window, see that it is the police, and simply ignore the doorbell? ...even if they know I have looked out the window at them?
I would like to answer the door and refuse search and entry, but I am worried that they would claim that I am under the influence and make an arrest due to that.
Thanks for your help! -paranoid