Does the fact that a police officer uses a flashlight to pierce the darkness of the night to obtain a search warrant constitute a search?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from R. v. Legebokoff, 2014 BCSC 315 (CanLII):

As noted in Marshall v. United States, 422 F.2d 185 (5th Cir. 1970), cited at 330 of LaFave): When circumstances of a particular case are such that the police officer’s observations would not have constituted a search had it occurred in daylight, then the fact that the officer used a flashlight to pierce the nighttime darkness does not transform his observation into a search. Regardless of the time of day or night, the plain view rule must be upheld where the viewer is rightfully positioned . . . The plain view rule does not go into hibernation at sunset.

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