Search and Seizure

Search and Seizure

Search and Seizure

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about Search and Seizure in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The words “search and seizure” are associated with the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which prohibits “unreasonable searches and seizures.” These words presuppose state action; that is, the Fourth Amendment is applicable only if a law enforcement agent or a private citizen acting at the behest of the police conducted the search or seizure. The United States Court of last resort of the Country currently defines the Fourth Amendment term search as a police intrusion upon a legitimate or reasonable expectation of privacy. A mere subjective belief that an activity or object is private is insufficient to trigger Fourth Amendment protection. The expectation of privacy must be one that, in the view of the courts, society acknowledges.

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