Arizona v. Gant

US Supreme Court Changes Law on Search and Seizure!!


The United States Supreme Court has repeatedly held that police searches conducted without first obtaining a search warrant are unlawful unless those searches fall within certain exceptions to the warrant requirement contained in the Fourth Amendment. One of those exceptions permits police officers to conduct warrantless searches during or immediately after a lawful arrest, the "search-incident-to-arrest" exception. Arizona v. Gant dramatically alters this legal landscape by only permitting searches incident to arrest for items related to the basis for the arrest. In the facts of the case, Mr. Gant was arrested for driving on a suspended license and thereafter a general search of the passenger compartment of his automobile revealed illegal drugs. The United States Supreme Court held in this decision that such evidence must be suppressed as the discovered contraband was not related to the basis for the arrest.

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