Criminal Procedure: Search & Seizure: SW Exceptions: Search Incident to a Lawful Arrest

Search incident to a lawful arrest:
  • Arrest must be lawful. If the arrest is unlawful, the search will be unlawful
  • Search must be contemporaneous in time and place with arrest
  • Geographic scope limit: The person and his wingspan
    • When a person is validly searched in a car, their wingspan = entire interior compartment and everything in it, BUT NOT trunk.