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American Journal of Criminal Justice

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 163–177 | Cite as

The evolution of consent search law

  • Victor E. Kappeler
  • Joseph B. Vaughn
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Abstract

This study examines the legal issues associated with consent searches conducted by law enforcement officers to gather evidence for criminal prosecutions. Through a review of the available case law relating to consent searches the study examines the requirements of a valid consent to search, the issues associated with these requirements, and the relationship between these requirements and the Fourth Amendment. While the paper focuses on Supreme Court decisions, lower court cases are included to illustrate specific points and examine general trends. The reader is given a general understanding of judicial preferences for procedures to be used when effecting consent searches.

Keywords

Police Officer Supreme Court Decision Fourth Amendment Valid Consent Search Warrant 
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© Springer New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor E. Kappeler
    • 1
  • Joseph B. Vaughn
    • 1
  1. 1.Sam Houston State UniversityUSA

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