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Community Caretaking Exception

  • By: David L. Hudson Jr.
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Fourth Amendment
  • Edited by: John R. Vile & David L. Hudson Jr.
  • Subject:American Political History, American Political Thought, Law & Courts

The community caretaking function, or the community caretaking exception to Fourth Amendment restrictions, allows law enforcement officers to engage in warrantless searches of defendants' property—usually a vehicle—if the officers have a valid community-oriented, protective ...

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