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Supreme Court to Hear Case Involving Search and Seizure of a Rental Car

Posted by Tim Zerillo | Jan 02, 2018 | 0 Comments

Next week, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear Byrd v. United States, No. 16-1371.  The case considers whether a driver has a reasonable expectation of privacy in a rental car when he has the renter's permission to drive the car, but is not listed as an authorized driver on the rental agreement.   Letting a family member or friend drive a car you have rented can be a breach of the rental contract (if that person is not listed as an authorized driver), but it is not a crime, and it should not serve to forfeit the Fourth Amendment rights of the driver. This is an interesting case, and we will report back when the decision is issued.

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Tim Zerillo is a Maine civil and criminal trial attorney. He been recognized by the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” attorneys. He has been elected to “New England Super Lawyers” every year since 2010. Attorney Zerillo's practice focuses primarily on criminal defense and civil litigation for plaintiffs and victims. Attorney Zerillo's career has reflected a strong commitment to represent the injured and the accused.


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