What is the effect of a visit to a defendant's home by a police officer?

California, United States of America

The following excerpt is from People v. Mitchell, 222 Cal.App.3d 1306, 272 Cal.Rptr. 440 (Cal. App. 1990):

In a similar case, two police officers, acting on an informant's tip, went to the defendant's home to investigate whether he illegally possessed a firearm in his home. (People v. Merchant (1968) 260 Cal.App.2d 875, 877, 67 Cal.Rptr. 459.) The officers asked the defendant through his screen door whether he was an ex-convict and whether he had a gun in his possession. (Ibid.) The defendant answered "yes" to each question and was then placed under arrest.

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