Thursday, October 13, 2011


Pittsburgh Search Warrant Laws

What are the exceptions to the search warrant requirement?

In general, the U.S. Constitution requires that police officers have a warrant in order to execute a search or seizure.
However, there are several exceptions to the warrant requirement when an officer has a reasonable belief that a crime has been or is being committed.  A search or seizure without a warrant may also be proper, even without probable cause of crime, where objects are in plain view, a person consents to the search, or an administrative search is made of a closely regulated business.  Circumstances may excuse the warrant requirement when an emergency calls for prompt police action.

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