can a friend have the police fingerprint you for something?

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can a friend have the police fingerprint you for something?

my friend thinks i stole his pill bottle and wants to have the bottle
fingerprinted, can he?

Asked on February 18, 2018 under Criminal Law, Maine

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Your "friend" cannot fingerprint you without your consent or agreement. However, he can report the matter to the police and if the authorities believe that may have commited a crime, they could--if they choose--investigate. As part of that, they could compare fingerprints on or near the bottle to yours, if yours are already on file (such as from a prior brush with the law) or possibly seek a warrant to require you to be fingerprinted. This would be at the authorities' discretion, not your "friend's".


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