Cal.4th: Passenger’s parole status permitted search of entire passenger compartment

Defendant was in a car with a parolee. After a valid stop, the parolee gave a false name, and the officer eventually got the right name and parole status. A search of the whole car was permissible even though the passenger was a parolee under People v. Schmitz, 55 Cal.4th 909 (2012), decided two years before this search. First, there is a reduced expectation of privacy in a car in general. Second, supervision of parolees is far more intense than probationers. Third, the entire passenger compartment is essentially a common area. People v. Cervantes, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 448 (4th Dist. May 18, 2017).

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