Today the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in Byrd v. United States, No. 16-1371, a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, to decide “[d]oes a driver have 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.”
The petition for certiorari argues that this question has irreconcilably divided the federal courts of appeals and state courts of last resort. For a copy of the certiorari petition, click here. For a copy of the Court’s Order, click here.
For a link to Defender Services training materials on the Fourth Amendment and automobile searches, click here.