UNITED STATES v. RABINOWITZ
FBI agents arrested Rabinowitz in his one-room office. Rabinowitz was charged with selling and possessing forged government stamps. The officers searched his office without a search warrant and seized the stamps. The stamps were introduced as evidence. Rabinowitz was convicted. He appealed.
Did the search violate the Fourth Amendment warrant requirement?
The Fourth Amendment permits a warrantless search incident to a lawful arrest. The search may be of the person arrested and of the premises where the arrest occurs.