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plain view

noun

Legal Definition of plain view

  1. 1 :  a location or field of perception in which something is plainly apparent

  2. 2 :  a doctrine that permits the search, seizure, and use of evidence obtained without a search warrant when such evidence was plainly perceptible in the course of lawful procedure and the police had probable cause to believe it was incriminating — see also inadvertent discovery — compare fruit of the poisonous tree


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