People’s cell phones nowadays hold a lot of information and secrets. When a police officer wants to look through your cell phone, in most cases, they will need a warrant. Here are some instances where a warrant will not be required:
- The owner gives consent to the cops to search the phone.
- When the police stop a person with reasonable suspicion that a crime has been, or will be committed, and frisk them.
- The phone is in plain view, the phone may be in plain view for the officers to take. However, when texts and phone calls are concealed, and the cops go through this data without reason, then the judge could throw out this as evidence.
- It was seized during a search on public school property.
- The police are in pursuit of the suspect who can easily destroy their phone, which holds evidence.
These are general exceptions to the warrant issue, and honestly, it does sound like it is a lot of exceptions. However, each exception goes into much more detail, and in actuality, a more specific instance within one of these general situations may suddenly require a warrant. If you are confused, just keep doing research and talk to a lawyer for the specifics.
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