Florida law states that the police may break open a door leading into a home if:
There has been a great deal of litigation regarding precisely how long the police must wait after knocking and before breaking down a door to a home.
However, there are 4 exceptions to the rule that the police must wait a reasonable period of time after knocking and before breaking down someone's door. Those exceptions are:
As you can see, the law regarding when the police may forcibly enter your home is quite complex. Should the police ever forcibly enter your home, it would be wise to consult with a criminal attorney in order to get his or her opinion regarding the legality of the officers' actions.