Exceptions to the Warrant Rule
A search warrant is generally required. Illinois v. Gates, 462 U.S. AT 236; State v. Valencia, 93 N.J. 126, 133 (1983). Indeed, a warrantless search is presumed to be invalid. Mincey v. Arizona, 437 U.S. 385, 390 (1978); State v. Valencia, 93 N.J. at 133. However several important exceptions exist which allow the police to search a particular place without warrant. The burden is on the prosecution, seeking to validate a warrantless search, to bring it within one of these recognized exceptions. Schneckloth v. Bustamonte, 412 U.S. 218, 219 (1973); State v. Alston, 88 N.J. at 230.
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