My son is a freshman in college. Campus police showed up at his door with a request to search the room for drugs. He said yes and signed a permission slip for them to enter. While the police were searching, he video taped the whole search. A friend in the room asked what made them want to search my son's room. The police replied that there was a drug arrest and the person arrested said they got the drugs from my son. Do we have access to police records to find out who falsely accused him? He is scared, has never used drugs, we've never had issues with him and drugs or alcohol while he was home and we want to know what can be done about finding out who the accuser is, and how to clear his name if possible.
If your son was not charged, you will not likely ever discover who made the tip against him. The police guard their reports closely and even under public records act requests, they will not disclose their reports. If your son is ever charged, he will have the right to receive such information. Incidentally, your son did not have to give the police consent to search the room. If he had said no, they would have either not searched the room or sought a search warrant and that search warrant would explain why the police thought your son had drugs.
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First of all get your hands on a copy of the campus police policy and procedure manual, or whatever it might be called. Second, get to an attorney.
R. Jason de Groot, Esq.,
Personal Injury Lawyer
I agree with Mr. de Groot. Get a copy of the campus police policy/procedure manual, and get to an attorney. But be prepared that you may never learn the name of the accuser. Good luck.
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