So the police show up at your door and want to search your home.  First never consent to anything the police want you to do.  Tell them to come back when they have a Search Warrant.  Should they have that Search Warrant, you have to allow them access to your entire home.  Including bed rooms, safes and drawers.  That piece of paper allows them to rummage through your entire home.  This even allows them to break into desk, safes and locked rooms.

Now lets say they have a search warrant because of something one of your children did.  So your little high school student is dealing drugs and they have a warrant.  You have to let them inside your home.  Just because the warrant is because of your child, it does not limit the police to just searching the child’s room.  The police now have the right to search your entire home because of something your child may have done.  If you other child has stolen property in their room like electronics or street signs, the cops can seize it along with your other child.  If you the parent has a private stash of drug, like steriods, viagra, marijuana or harder, and the police find it, you the parent gets to go to jail. 

The message here is, once the police get a warrant to search your home in Texas, it does not limit where and what they can search for in most cases. If they find evidence of other crimes during the search, others can go to jail for those crimes.  Even if they were not the target of the warrant.

If you live with a room mate, and they draw the attention of the police, you can get arrest for what you had in your room.

The difference with consent, is that you can limit what you consent to be searched.  If the police ask to search, you can limit where they can search and when they have to leave.  With the warrant, you just have to get out of their way. 

In most cases the police will damage your home.  Breaking in the front door, prying open locks, taking sledge hammers to safes, and ripping up upholstery.

Just becareful who and what you allow to stay in your home.