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When do police have probable cause?

In many places in the world, police can stop you on the street and detain you or enter your home and seize any property they think might incriminate you in a crime. To do this, they only need to have a "gut feeling" that you might be engaged in an illegal activity.

This is not the case in the United States. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees that citizens can't be subject to searches unless government officials have "probable cause" to get a warrant from the court that allows them to arrest a citizen or search or seize property. The warrant must state specifically who is to be arrested and why, or what is to be searched.

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