plain view

noun

Legal Definition of plain view

1 : a location or field of perception in which something is plainly apparent
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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“Plain view.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/plain%20view. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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