The Fourth Amendment And The Fourteenth Amendment Essay

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Introduction to the Fourth Amendment The Fourth Amendment hinders unreasonable searches and seizures that be taken place. In order to properly search someone’s property a warrant must be judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause. In basic terms this Amendment to the United States Constitution protects citizen’s rights of privacy and stops any police or government official from walking into a person’s house and going through their belongings without proper right to. When going to obtain the warrant it cannot be given out just because the person should be searched, there must be probable cause that gives enough suspicion that the persons privacy should be broken. Although the most known part about this amendment is to protect unwarranted search and seizure this amendment also does a lot of other things too. The Fourth Amendment also protects against arbitrary arrests, and provides the basis for search warrants, safety inspections, wiretaps and other forms of surveillance.
Rules and Doctrines
The exclusionary rule applies to evidence that is gathered through an illegal search and seizure and then tried to use in a court of law. The evidence may be crucial to the case itself but if it is obtained in an illegal way then it can’t be used in the court room. Also if evidence that is illegally obtained turns out to give the prosecutors more evidence later, that must also be discarded too; this is called the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. It may seem that these…

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