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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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