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Searches After Arrest
Police officers are entitled to conduct a reasonable search of an arrestee, and perhaps the immediate surroundings. Learn about the permissible scope of and restrictions on searches incident to arrest.
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Police officers do not need a warrant to make a search “incident to an arrest.” After an arrest, police officers have the right to protect themselves by searching for weapons and to protect the legal case against the suspect by searching for evidence that the suspect might try to destroy.