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Abandoned Property

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

As a general rule, police are free to search property that has been abandoned without the necessity of securing a search warrant. Thus, searches of abandoned property are not considered to be violations of the Fourth Amendment.

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