Receiving an anonymous tip or hearing a rumor about you is not enough evidence for police to get a search warrant for your house. Instead of taking the time to do a real investigation to determine if the rumor is fact or fiction, the police will perform a "Knock and Talk", also known as a "Tap and Rap", on your front door. Their intention is to trick you into opening the door so they can claim an odor of marijuana is coming from inside your house. Police will lie and say they smell marijuana when they don’t. After detecting the supposed odor, the cops now have probable cause to enter your home and detain you while they get a search warrant.

To counter this tactic used to violate your 4th Amendment right, which protects you from an unreasonable search and detainment, simply refuse to open the door. Be prepared for the police to threaten you will all manner of retaliation including returning with a search warrant. If they could leave and return with a warrant, they would have arrived with the search warrant and kicked your door instead of knocking at your door. If the police do leave to obtain a search warrant, you will have plenty of time to rid your dwelling of any contraband before they return.

Other popular and well meaning lawyers and activists teach to open your door and step outside and immediately shut the door behind you when meeting the police on the porch. This method DOES NOT WORK for reasons discussed above. I have been retained by dozen of clients who used this method and are now in a big jam because they opened the door.

NEVER OPEN YOUR DOOR FOR THE KOPS! Make them kick it.  If the police had a right to be in your house, they would be kicking, not knocking.  You have the right to screen who comes in and out of your house which also applies to police officers. Citizens are under no obligation to allow police to enter their homes.

Watch this short video as Barry demonstrates how to deal with police when they come knocking. This clip was taken from Barry's NeverGetBusted DVD, Volume 2: NeverGetRaided.  Although this tactic is still extremely effective, a new Supreme Court ruling allows police to kick in doors if they smell marijuana and hear what they think are persons destroying evidence inside the home.  Read that story here.  

Unlike the demonstration in this video, sometimes it's better to simply remain silent and not answer the door.


  1. John on July 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    If you ever doubted Barry’s advice not to EVER open the door than please watch the video on YouTube called “Wrong address? Cops don’t care” by the poster called -OFFICIAL – This terrified young man of 23 and is mother were harrassed for over and hour then opened door, they should have never opened it.

  2. joy on July 5, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I dropped the one true job I loved but after witnessing corrupt officers if you can call them that I was done thank you for stepping up and out” good job

  3. MIKE P. on March 1, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    For profit prisons are to blame for a lot of this,how can anyone think this model to possibly be fair and logical. You lose from the get go. Its a business and a business needs clients. as long as they are around things will not change. I suggest going after these rotten apples as well. Its like the “escape plan”movie come to life only its not Sly and Arnold but our brothers and sisters being used as cash cows.Just a thought,regardless sir,you have my respect for your efforts. : )

  4. John E Mac on February 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

    God Bless You, Sir


  5. Tobey on June 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

    Barry is awesome!

  6. PaleoSapiens on April 12, 2013 at 11:26 pm


    From the “Northern extension of Texas” (Colorado) 🙂

    Your activism is appreciated. Your advice in dealing with the police is mostly on the spot. The BIGGEST thing people need to know is: STOP TALKING TO THE POLICE!!!!!!!!!!

    You can NEVER talk your way out of a situation with them. The less you say, the less evidence they have…BAD for them, GOOD for you.
    “I’m sorry officer, my lawyer has told me NOT to talk to you.”
    They will continue to ask questions. Your reply, from then on:
    “I want MY lawyer present to answer ANY question…Am I free to go?”
    REPEAT, “I want MY lawyer present to answer ANY question…Am I free to go?” Stick to this, and they won’t have much, if any, evidence against you. The chances of an arrest will go WAY down. ANYTHING else, you’re busted!

    As to your videos, with FOX NEWS, the debate(s) tend to be rather one sided. What will shut the ‘all drugs are bad’ crowd down is asking them simple questions:
    “Where’s your evidence that your statement is true?” They’ll give the usual platitudes – which are opinions, NOT FACTS. Hold their feet to the proverbial fire. “You’re spouting an opinion, where are the facts to back it up?” If they ever do try to quote some fact, that is known to be wrong, simply ask, “Is that verified and true?” “What’s the source?”

    Make them stick to VERIFIED and known true facts and any argument, moral or otherwise, will fall apart.
    In other words, if you skillfully use the SOCRATIC METHOD on them, they wind up looking very foolish. It then becomes very funny to watch…

    Hope this helps some…

  7. joey likata on April 10, 2013 at 1:31 am