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Name: People v. Pleasant
Case #: D043006
Court: CA Court of Appeal
District 4 DCA
Division: 1
Opinion Date: 10/20/2004
Subsequent History: Rev. den. 1/19/05

A defendant who lived with a probationer had no reasonable expectation of privacy in shared areas of the residence. The court here upheld a warrantless search of the defendant’s locked bedroom in the house he shared with his mother, who was on searchable probation. During a probation search officers asked the mother about the locked room; she said that it belonged to her son and that she had a key to it on her dresser. Officers obtained the key and searched the defendant’s room. Over a strong dissent by Justice McIntyre, the appellate court held that the defendant had no expectation of privacy in the locked room because a probationer possessed a key to the room and thus the area was subject to joint access and control.