open fields doctrine

Definition of "open fields doctrine"
  1. A principle used in criminal law that allows law enforcement agents to search the exterior area surrounding an individual's residence, without needing a search warrant, without infringing upon the Fourth Amendment rights of the individual
How to use "open fields doctrine" in a sentence
  1. Under the open fields doctrine, the police could search the abandoned barn found on the suspect's property.
  2. The open fields doctrine enabled the detectives to examine the farmhouse's surrounding area without securing a warrant first.
  3. Although the authorities didn't possess a warrant, the open fields doctrine made their search of the wooded area behind the house lawful.

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