inevitable discovery

noun

Legal Definition of inevitable discovery

: a doctrine in criminal law: evidence obtained by methods that are unconstitutional may be admissible if it would have been inevitably discovered without the unlawful methods — compare fruit of the poisonous tree, inadvertent discovery, independent source, plain view

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