open fields doctrine

noun

Legal Definition of open fields doctrine

: a doctrine in criminal procedure: law enforcement officers may make a warrantless search of the area outside of the curtilage of a person's home without violating the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

called also open fields rule

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“Open fields doctrine.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/open%20fields%20doctrine. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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