What Is The Plain View Doctrine?
Police officers do not need a warrant to seize contraband that is in plain view if the officer is in a place that he or she has a right to be.
EXAMPLE: Officer Doright is standing in your doorway talking to you about the weather. While talking, Officer Doright notices a bag of cocaine and a sawed-off shotgun on your couch. Officer Doright can legally seize these items without a search warrant because they are in plain view.
The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.
Additional Fourth Amendment Unreasonable Search & Seizure Rights Articles
- When is a Search Warrant Necessary?
- Wrongful Incarceration Due to Police Planted Evidence
- The Search of Cars at the Time of Arrest
- What Is A Search Warrant?
- What Is Probable Cause?
- What If I Agree To The Search?
- If A Police Officer Knocks On My Door And Asks To Search My Home, Do I Have To Let The Officer In?
- What Is The Fourth Amendment?
- Does the Fourth Amendment protect all searches?
- What Is A Plea Bargain?