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Plain View Doctrine

  • By: Craig Hemmens
  • In: Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement
  • Edited by: Larry E. Sullivan, Marie Simonetti Rosen, Dorthy Moses Schulz & M. R. Haberfeld
  • Subject:General Criminology & Criminal Justice, Police Studies (general)

The plain view doctrine states that an item within the sight of a police officer who is legally in a position to see the item may be seized without a warrant, as long as the item is immediately recognizable as contraband ...

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