The Plain View Doctrine In Law Enforcement

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The plain view doctrine allows an officer to seize evidence, without a warrant, evidence, and contraband that are found in the officers plain view during a lawful action. The plain view doctrine rule allows a law enforcement officer to seize evidence of a crime, without obtaining a search warrant, when the evidence is in plain sight of that officer. For example, a policeman who stops a motorist for a minor traffic violation and sees a very large bag of marijuana on the back seat may conclude that the driver is unlawfully in possession of marijuana, and may enter the car to seize it.
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