Can my roommate’s probation officer search my room?

I would argue that the probation officer does not have the right to search your particular room provided that the roommate does not share the same bedroom. That being said, by virtue of the probation, your room mate authorizes his probation officer to come and conduct unannounced- and warrantless- searches of his residence. Your joint occupancy does not matter.  So, be warned, anything in the common areas may be fair game. Also, once there, should something arise that gives reason to believe that contraband is found in your room, that could end badly for you. In theory, the probation officer could can local law enforcement who could then obtain a search warrant to search your private areas.  If you do not want to have your private areas of the home searched, I think it is a good idea for you to deny your roommate access to your personal living area. This can be done by placing an external lock on your room’s door and not giving him a key.  But, you need to be careful. You never know what the could be lying around the house.

Andre Belanger

Andre Belanger


André Bélanger, a graduate of Loyola University, is a highly-respected criminal defense attorney serving the people of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and surrounding areas of Ascension Parish and New Orleans, for one of Baton Rouge’s top-25 law firms. In his 15 years of practicing law, Mr. Bélanger has handled thousands of criminal cases at both the pre-trial and trial stage, including approximately 200 trials. This trial experience includes homicide defense and prosecution, large drug conspiracies and fraud cases making Bélanger one of the few attorneys capable of handling even the largest, most complex federal cases.

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