QUOTE — Steagald v. United States, 451 U.S. 204 (1981).
“The search at issue here took place in the absence of consent or exigent circumstances. Except in such special situations, we have consistently held that the entry into a home to conduct a search or make an arrest is unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment unless done pursuant to a warrant. See Payton v. New York, 445 U. S. 573 (1980); Johnson v. United States, 333 U. S. 10, 13-15 (1948). Thus, as we recently observed: “[I]n terms that apply equally to seizures of property and to seizures of persons, the Fourth Amendment has drawn a firm line at the entrance to the house. Absent exigent circumstances, that threshold may not reasonably be crossed without a warrant.” Payton v. New York, supra, at 590. See Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U. S. 443, 474-475, 477-478 (1971); Jones v. United States, 357 U. S. 493, 497-498 (1958); Agnello v. United States, 269 U. S. 20, 32-33 (1925). “
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