Readers may know that a spouse may be able to represent the interests of another spouse in certain situations. But can a girlfriend or boyfriend be afforded the same powers to consent to a police search? Furthermore, what if a couple disagrees?
The U.S. Supreme Court was recently required to address this very situation. Police, investigating a robbery and responding to a tip, visited an apartment in the near vicinity. A woman answered the door, and her boyfriend also appeared in the doorway a few moments later. However, the woman had signs of a recent struggle, including a bump on her nose and blood on her shirt.