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Parole Searches in PA

Parolees have a reduced expectation of privacy in PA.

Probationers and parolees have limited protections against warrantless or suspicionless searches. A probationer's home can be searched by a probation officer without a warrant if "reasonable grounds" exist to support the search. Where a probationer agrees to be the subject of a search, the case law has uniformly held that reasonable suspicion exists.

However, the search must be reasonably related to the purpose for which the probationer is on supervision. For instance, where a search conducted by a parole agent was for drugs, but the suspected violation was for a recent arrest, the search was not permissible. Suppression may be a viable option for state parolees. Further, police may not simply "tag along" on parole searches. The police still have a probable cause standard for conducting warrantless searches and may not use the parole agents as a "stalking horse" to gain access to a parolee's residence.

If you are on probation or parole and have been subjected to a search of your person, car, or home and evidence has been seized, you should contact an experienced attorney before your next court date. You may contact the attorneys at Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC at (717) 268-4287.