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What is the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects people against unreasonable searches and seizures conducted by the government. It states:

"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."

In other words, the Fourth Amendment protects individuals from being subjected to unreasonable intrusions by the government. This includes searches of their homes, personal property, and bodies, as well as seizures of their possessions.

In order to conduct a search or seizure, the government must have probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed and must obtain a warrant that specifies the place to be searched and the items to be seized.

The Fourth Amendment also requires that warrants be based on an oath or affirmation and that they describe the items or persons to be searched or seized with particularity.

The Fourth Amendment is an important part of the Bill of Rights, which is the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. It serves to protect individuals' privacy and to ensure that the government does not abuse its power.


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