In the event that somebody dies at my house, is it going to turn into a crime scene? I am thinking here of situations like George Michael's death, where somebody just dies, but there is no obvious cause of death, so obviously the police have latitude to decide whether it is a "suspicious" or "non-suspicious" death. Since there is no coroner's report, they have no way to know whether it is natural causes or not.

So, my concern is that my house turns into a big evidence collection nightmare, does that mean I have to leave and stay in a hotel while they are "documenting" the scene? How long will that take?

  • I imagine that this is decided on a case by case basis. Also, what country? Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 4:47
  • @Thunderforge I know it is. I am asking whether I need to move out if they decide to collect evidence. Did you even read the question?
    – Cicero
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 5:02
  • @K-C I don't care what the investigators say, I want a QUALIFIED legal opinion about how to handle a situation like this by either (1) a cop who does death investigations, (2) an experienced criminal attorney, or (3) somebody who otherwise has significant experience with these situations.
    – Cicero
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 5:26
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    @Cicero if you want a QUALIFIED legal opinion, you will need to pay a lawyer for it
    – Dale M
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 8:38
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    If someone dies at your house and the police finds out you had booked a hotel room before the person died, I would guess you will not need the hotel room since you will spend the night at an interrogation room...
    – SJuan76
    Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 15:27

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Police are required to "secure" evidence of a crime. They can remove you from a crime scene if they consider that necessary to secure it. They will subsequently obtain a warrant to search the scene. Once it starts that search can go on for as long as they want, unless you can convince a judge that they are behaving unreasonably.

(I hope to return to add citations to this when I have more time.)

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