Friday, September 21, 2012

Probable Cause and the constitution

Probable Cause and the constitution
In United States criminal lawprobable cause is the standard by which an officer or agent of the law has the grounds to make an arrest, to conduct a personal or property search, or to obtain a warrant for arrest, etc. when criminal charges are being considered. It is also used to refer to the standard to which a grand jury believes that a crime has been committed. This term comes from the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable causesupported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

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