Law enforcement officials will arrest or temporarily detain over 14 million Americans this year for offenses ranging from murder to speeding. During these stops, the police officer will frequently ask for and receive the individual's consent to search his or her belongings. In Florida v. Jimeno, the United States Supreme Court attempted to define the permissible scope for consent searches under an objective reasonableness test.This Note will briefly explore the history of consent searches, examine the Supreme Court's rationale for adopting an objective test, analyze the ramifications of the decision, and propose modifications in the procedures for obtaining a valid consent search.

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