Supreme Court: Warrants needed to search cell phones

Posted at: 06/25/2014 12:01 PM
Updated at: 06/25/2014 12:12 PM

Police will almost always need a warrant to search a person's cell phone after a Supreme Court ruling today.

Before Wednesday’s decision, police could search a suspect's cell phone when they made an arrest. Today the justices indicated that a search without a warrant violates the Fourth Amendment.

Police will be able to search phones in extreme cases but if that happens, there are courts to determine if that evidence is admissible.