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Hi all, first time posting here.
I live in Madison, WI, along with three roommates. One of our roommates has only lived here since January, as he is subleasing after our original roommate moved. Recently, that same roommate was involved in a DWI/OWI (details unknown), and starting next week will be fitted with an ankle monitor for the month of March.
My question is what rights are afforded to the remaining three roommates concerning privacy and searches. The roommate informed us that the officer would be thoroughly going through the house to make sure there is no alcohol present, and if at any time during his 'incarceration' alcohol is found either in his possession or in the house, he forced to go to jail. We have no wish to see him be arrested, nor do we have any issues abstaining from alcohol use in the house, but let's be serious, its Madison, WI. We have all sorts of alcohol in the house. I've read about times when alcohol was found on the initial walk through and was dumped out. Are the checking officers legally allowed to dump alcohol that belongs to the roommates, or check our rooms? We have not violated any laws, aren't we entitled to a reasonable amount of privacy? In addition, we share the basement with our second and third floor neighbors. If we secure our alcohol in the basement, to avoid having to dump it, store it in our vehicles and subject it to winter temps (beer), or trek it some 'safe' distance away from the offender, will that suffice, and if so, how is this different than locking it up in one of our rooms? We are thinking of using a gorilla tote with a lock, but we are also interested in putting forth the least amount of effort while also keeping our roommate out of jail. To be clear, we aren't trying to be dicks about the situation, but we didn't choose for him to live with us, our former dick roommate did.
ANY help at all would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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