The definition of probable cause is found within the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America. According to Cornell School of Law (2011) publication, the Amendment reads as follows:
“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 cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
Facts determine probable cause through the initiation of reasonable suspicion. At times, officers and agents do not have probable cause and to obtain such facts and need to develop their own by investigative methods (Search & Seizure, 2009).
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