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