If a minor doesn’t consent to a vehicle search but the parents who are the legal owners of vehicle do, is the search justified?

UPDATED: Feb 21, 2012

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If a minor doesn’t consent to a vehicle search but the parents who are the legal owners of vehicle do, is the search justified?

Parents arrived on scene for search and their name is on title to the car.

Asked on February 21, 2012 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

As the registered owners of the vehicle, the parents had the authority to consent to the search.  The parents consenting to the search of the vehicle was valid and the search of the vehicle was permissible.  Evidence found during the search is admissible.


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