probable causeprobable cause
Law reasonable grounds for presuming guilt in someone charged with a crime
- Reasonable suspicion of the presence of evidence of criminality, allowing the search of the person or premises for such evidence by authorities.
- Reasonable grounds for believing a person is guilty of a criminal act, allowing the arrest, prosecution, or trial of such person.
probable cause - Legal Definition
A necessary element of a legitimate arrest or legal search and seizure; a reasonable ground to believe that someone is committing or has committed an offense. It must amount to more than just suspicion, but need not rise to the level of evidence justifying conviction, according to Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.