Arrests and Searches

Introduction
Some things an officer may do after an arrest, according to court decisions, include search the
arrestee, search the area of immediate control, search the vehicle the arrestee was riding in,
search the passenger compartment, handcuff the arrestee, monitor the personā€˜s movements,
and search the arrestee at the place of detention. In United States v. Robinson (1973), the
Supreme Court held that “in the case of a lawful custodial arrest a full search of the person is
not only an exception to the warrant requirement of the Fourth Amendment, but is also a
reasonable search under that Amendment.”
Instructions
In your main post:
0 Explore justifications for each of the things an officer is allowed to do after an arrest without the
need for a warrant.
0 Establish how certain actions go beyond what you would consider to be acceptable were you the
arrestee.
0 Lay out measures to ensure compliance with legal parameters when working in the criminal
justice field.
0 Establish how courts have interpreted the parameters involved in a search after an arrest,
incorporating two cases as points of reference.

 

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