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My roommate was on probation. They knew what area of my

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My roommate was on probation. They knew what area of my house belonged to me but searched my area anyways. Is this legal
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Customer: I was renting a room at my friends home. He was on probation. They knew my area of the house but searched it anyway
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Customer: Yes. He told them as they were searching that those areas were not his and they said oh you live alonr
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Zoey_ JD replied 1 year ago.


Yes, it is legal. When you allow someone on probation to live in your home, he is subject to random warrantless searches by the department of parole. Parole is not restricted to just the common areas of the home. Any place that the parolee could potentially have access to can be searched for contraband.