Tap and Rap Law and Legal Definition

Tap and Rap is an investigation technique involving a law enforcement officer attending at the door of certain premises to speak with the occupants, or asking for consent to search the premises. This technique is used when there is no sufficient evidence, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion to obtain a search warrant. Tap and rap is also known as knock and talk. Courts have described the knock and talk technique as "a noncustodial procedure where the officer identifies himself and asks to talk to the home occupant and then eventually, requests permission to search the residence." This technique is essentially a form of a consensual encounter that occurs at a residence.