Probable cause required to check serial numbers

March 1, 2012

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349 Searches and SeizuresOfficer’s actions, in moving stereo equipment in order to locate serial numbers and determine if equipment was stolen, had to be supported by probable cause, notwithstanding that officer was lawfully present in apartment where equipment was located in plain view.
Arizona v. Hicks, 107 S. Ct. 1149 (1987)
Suggested by John Wesley Hall, Attorney; John Wesley Hall Jr. PC; Author, Professional Responsibility in Criminal Defense Practice; Little Rock, AR