Consent Search Law and Legal Definition

Consent searches are searches made by U.S. law enforcement personnel based on the consent of the individual whose person or property is being searched.

“The Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution require that a consent to a search not be coerced, by explicit or implicit means, by implied threat or covert force. For, no matter how subtly the coercion was applied, the resulting "consent" would be no more than a pretext for the unjustified police intrusion against which the Fourth Amendment is directed”. [Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, 412 U.S. 218 (U.S. 1973)