plain view doctrine

Definition of "plain view doctrine"
  1. A principle that permits law enforcement to take evidence of a crime without a search warrant if it is clearly visible
How to use "plain view doctrine" in a sentence
  1. The officer applied the plain view doctrine when he saw a stolen purse on the car seat during a routine traffic stop.
  2. The detective used the plain view doctrine to seize drug paraphernalia visible in the suspect's apartment.
  3. The unscheduled inspection led to an unexpected discovery under the plain view doctrine when unregistered firearms were found.

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