New York v. Belton
State of New York
During a lawful arrest of persons riding in an automobile, it is constitutional for the arresting police officer to conduct a warrantless search of the passenger compartment of the arrested person's vehicle and any containers contained therein, and it is constitutional for the arresting officer to search, without a warrant, through an arrestee's jacket.
Chief Lawyer for Petitioner
James R. Harvey
Chief Lawyer for Respondent
Paul J. Cambria, Jr.
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger, Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Potter Stewart (writing for the Court)
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Byron R. White
Date of Decision
1 July 1981
During a lawful arrest, it is constitutional for an officer to conduct a warrantless search of the immediate vicinity, including closed containers and zipped pockets.
- Draper v. United States, 358 U.S. 307 (1959).
- Chimel v. California, 395 U.S. 752 (1969).
- United States v. Robinson, 414 U.S. 218 (1973).
- United States v. Chadwick, 433 U.S. 1 (1977).
- California v. Acevedo, 500 U.S. 565 (1991).
- Schwartz, Herman, ed. The Burger Years: Rights and Wrongs In the Supreme Court, 1969-1986. Nation Enterprises, 1987.
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