Skip to main content

Reasonable Suspicion Overrides Absence Of Warrant


Whenever possible, the police should obtain a warrant before conducting a search of a person or a person’s property. In Terry v. Ohio, the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes an exception to the general rule and decides that the police may “pat down” the outside of a suspect’s clothing and search the immediate area for weapons when they have a “reasonable suspicion” of illegal activity.