seizure
sei·zure /'sē-zhər/ n: the act, fact, or process of seizing: as
a: the seizing of property that involves meaningful interference with a person's possessory interest in it
seizure of evidence found in plain view see also plain view 2
b: the seizing of a person (as for arrest or investigation) see also arrest, stop compare search
◇ The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. It requires that a warrant may issue only upon probable cause, and that the warrant particularly describe the persons or things to be seized. Not all seizures, however, require a warrant. A seizure that constitutes an arrest requires probable cause to be reasonable, and a stop usu. requires reasonable suspicion of the particular person or persons stopped, although stops like those at drunk driving checkpoints may be justified by a plan that places explicit and neutral limitations on the conduct of police officers with no requirement of individualized suspicion.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

seizure
index adverse possession, apprehension (act of arresting), appropriation (taking), arrest, arrogation, disseisin, forfeiture (act of forfeiting), garnishment, infringement, levy, occupation (possession), onset (assault), plunder, sequestration, taking

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


seizure
The taking of physical evidence or property by law enforcement officials. Siezed evidence can include taking blood for a drug test to impounding a car used in a robbery. In most cases, the police must obtain a search warrant before they can seize personal property.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


seizure
n. The act of confiscating a person's property by legal process; a forcible taking of property into custody by a court.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


seizure
Forcible possession; a grasping, snatching, or putting in possession.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


seizure
Forcible possession; a grasping, snatching, or putting in possession.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

seizure
n.
   the taking by law enforcement officers of potential evidence in a criminal case. The constitutional limitations on seizure are the same as for search. Thus, evidence seized without a search warrant or without "probable cause" to believe a crime has been committed and without time to get a search warrant, cannot be admitted in court, nor can evidence traced through the illegal seizure.
   See also: fruit of the poisonous tree search and seizure search warrant

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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