In this archive episode, Dennis answers questions about constructive possession and explains some case laws. Recorded on 09/01/2017.
Maryland v Pringle 2003 - Respondent, Pringle, was the front-seat passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding. Upon stopping the car, the arresting officer found money in the glove compartment and cocaine in the back-seat armrest. The officer arrested all three occupants of the car and Pringle was convicted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine after he signed a written confession. Pringle appealed, arguing that probable cause to arrest him did not exist.
Held. When finding contraband in an automobile, there is probable cause to arrest its occupants, regardless of their proximity from the contraband.