The use of Drones as a supplemental tool in the fight against crime has many perks; for example, it can be used for search and rescue mission in mountainous terrains, survey the layout of a complex before a SWAT mission, or take aerial photographs of crime scenes. However, the argument being advanced here is whether Drone surveillance constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment when it is deployed merely to gather eviden...
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...e. Further, the courts have found that encroaching upon the sanctity of an individual’s home, the immediate and surrounding area constitutes an unreasonable search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. Furthermore, numerous states, such as Illinois, Montana, Virginia, and California have implemented guidelines requiring a search warrant before launching Drones (except in emergency situations). The use of Drones as a supplemental tool for law enforcement has great potential; however, law enforcement must look to legitimize Drone usage by respecting individual privacy rights and eliminating unnecessary intrusion that infringes upon societal values protected by the Fourth Amendment. The personal use of Drones for investigative purposes must be vehemently discouraged; it is better to establish probable cause and seek a search warrant for the better good of society.
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