Posted on: July 29, 2008 at 12:01 p.m.
Probable cause refers to the standard by which a police officer has the right to make an arrest, conduct a personal or property search, or to obtain a warrant for arrest. If, as happens in many crime shows, an officer is standing on the street and hears someone scream from inside a house, they have "probable cause" to investigate the matter. However, there are many matters where an officer's probable cause can come into question.
For example, in the state of Washington, an officer pulled over a car with two individuals in it. When the officer smelled what seemed to be marijuana, he searched the car and a pipe and a bit of marijuana and arrested the two individuals on drug possession.
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