FingerprintingSearch and Seizure
The Fourth Amendment does not bar the fingerprinting of a
person. "Fingerprinting involves none of the probing into an
private life and thoughts that marks an interrogation or search."
Davis v. Mississippi, 394 U.S. 721, 727 (1969). So long as
seizure of the person is reasonable, as in a lawful arrest,
fingerprinting is permissible. It is also possible that the
requirements of the
Fourth Amendment could be met through "narrowly circumscribed
obtaining, during the course of a criminal investigation, the
individuals for whom there is no probable cause for arrest."
v. Mississippi, supra, at 728; see also Hayes
Florida, 470 U.S. 811 (1985).|