State v. Cecil

In State v. Cecil, 173 W. Va. 27, 311 S.E.2d 144 (1983), the Court held that the emergency exception doctrine permitted a limited, warrantless search or entry of an area by police officers where: (1) there is an immediate need for their assistance in the protection of human life; (2) the search or entry by the officers is motivated by an emergency, rather than by an intent to arrest or secure evidence; (3) there is a reasonable connection between the emergency and the area in question. (Cecil, 173 W. Va. at 32, 311 S.E.2d at 149.)