SCOTUS – Vehicle Searches: Unauthorized Drivers of Rental Cars Could Have Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in the Vehicle

This week, the Supreme Court of United States issued its decision Byrd v. United States (No. 16-1371), 584 US ___ (2018). This is an important case for law enforcement in terms of vehicle searches. The issue before the Court was whether an unauthorized driver of a rental car has a reasonable expectation of privacy in the rental car. The Court held that the mere fact that a driver is not listed on the rental agreement will not defeat his or her otherwise reasonable expectation of privacy.

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