Vehicle Searches

Vehicle Searches

Vehicle Searches

In line with Adam J. McKee

about Vehicle Searches in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides most of the controlling principles regarding searches. The Amendment provides that the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the person or things to be seized. The United States Court of last resort of the Country, which is responsible for interpreting the Constitution, has decided many cases that have spelled out exactly when a search warrant is required and when a warrant is not required. Vehicles are generally considered an exception to the Fourth Amendment's search warrant requirement. This exception is also known as the Carroll doctrine because it was in Carroll v. United States of America (1925) that the Court of last resort of the Country ruled that automobiles were unique.

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