Jessica Garcia GonzalezPalegal 017Chimel v. California(1969)Facts: Three police officers arrived at the Santa Ana, California, home of the defendantwith a warrant authorizing his arrest for the burglary of a coin shop.No search warranthad been issued. The defendant’s wife let the officers into the house, where they waiteduntil the defendant returned home from work. When the defendant entered the house,one of the officers handed him the arrest warrant and asked for permission to “ lookaround.” although the defendant refused they proceeded to search the home anyways.During the search the Police officers seized coins and medals which were later usedagainst the defendant to convict him of burglary.Issue: Is it unconstitutional to search one's home without a warrant, if it is incident to alawful arrest?
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Supreme Court of the United States, Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Arrest