Clear-View Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Clear-View doctrine is a rule in criminal law that permits a police officer to seize without warrant and use as evidence an item observed in plain view from a lawful position or during a legal search when the police officer has probable cause to believe that the item is evidence of a crime.

When a law enforcement officer has probable cause to stop a vehicle objects in plain view of that officer who has a right to be in that position are subject to seizure under the "clear view" doctrine and may be introduced into evidence. [Stinson v. State, 56 Ala. App. 312].

Clear-View Doctrine is also known as plain-slight rule or plain-view doctrine.