What is the Fourth Amendment?


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The Fourth Amendment is the amendment that protects American citizens from unlawful search and seizure, including in their homes. This amendment also outlines the requirements associated with obtaining warrants and the ability to monitor communications through wiretaps.

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There are exceptions to the Fourth Amendment, including as to when a warrant is required. For example, if something is in plain sight, its search or seizure is often not considered protected under the Fourth Amendment. Individuals also have the right to consent to a search, and cannot object to what is found under that consent. Extenuating circumstances, such as someone being in danger, are also considered exceptions to the Fourth Amendment.

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