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Lesson 13: Fourth Amendment: Exigent Circumstances

Fourth Amendment

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.

Learning Outcomes


  1. Read “Exigent Circumstances” from the Cornell Law Institute
  2. Read the National Constitution Center on the Fourth Amendment.

Destruction of Evidence

Escape (Hot Pursuit)


Public Safety