Given this decision, I'm glad my kids aren't teenagers any more. If you have teenagers, read on. You'll want to know who your kids travel with now more than ever.
The U.S. Supreme Court just decided the case of Maryland v. Pringle and ruled that police officers can arrest everyone in a car if no one admits to ownership of contraband (drugs, guns, use your imagination) found in the car. Great.
Chief Justice Warren Rehnquist wrote, "We think it an entirely reasonable inference from these facts that any or all three of the occupants had knowledge of, and exercised dominion and control over, the cocaine. Thus, a reasonable officer could conclude that there was probable cause to believe Pringle committed the crime of possession of cocaine, either solely or jointly."
So, if your son or daughter piles into a car, gets pulled over and the police officers find marijuana, get out the bail money. You'll probably need it.
In this much anticipated ruling, the Christian Science Monitor has been doing its best to warn parents. Get to your your children's friends and acquaintances. It's not enough to rely on others anymore.
DARE may be changing, but the law's pretty well set. If you have children, you may want to educate them.
Flex Your Rights recommends that you (and your kids) refuse police searches if they ask. There may be a way out of the wrong place at the wrong time.
It's 11:00 p.m., do you know where your kids are? Let's hope they're not in jail.