Plain View Doctrine

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Definition: Plain View Doctrine

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Dictionary Definition

n. the rule that a law enforcement officer may make a search and seizure without obtaining a search warrant if evidence of criminal activity or the product of a crime can be seen without entry or search. Example: a policeman stops a motorist for a minor traffic violation and can see in the car a pistol or a marijuana plant on the back seat, giving him “reasonable cause” to enter the vehicle to make a search.

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Plain View Doctrine. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 27, 2020
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Plain View Doctrine. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 27, 2020).
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Plain View Doctrine are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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