Search incident to arrest

Filed Under: Criminal Law

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The power of a police officer to search a person who has been arrested. The arrest must have been lawful; the search must be for some purpose related to that arrest and must be conducted reasonably. No separate reasonable grounds are necessary to conduct the search, which is justified if the arrest itself was lawful.

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