Collins v. Virginia:  Supreme Court Directs Traffic at the Intersection of the Automobile Exception and Searches of the Home

An officer sees a motorcycle that he has probable cause to believe is stolen parked in the suspect’s driveway. The motorcycle is partially covered by a tarpaulin. May the officer lawfully walk into the driveway without the permission of the suspect or any other resident and lift the tarp to read the license plate and VIN number on the motorcycle?

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