The law can protect Brian Laundrie’s parents from ancillary charges but not from other allegations
NORTH PORT, Fla. (WFLA) – From the day Brian Laundrie was named a person of interest in the Gabby Petito case, to the FBI search of his North Port home, the spotlight has also been on his parents .
Christopher and Roberta Laundrie were seen leaving their home Thursday morning, followed by police.
It has now been 10 days since the laundries last saw their son, according to police, who searched the Carlton storeroom for five of the past six days.
Tampa attorney Cory Baird said the law does not prohibit police from monitoring Laundrie until his parents say he surrendered to the 25,000-acre reserve sandwiched between North Port and Venice.
“They could have put a car in front of his house. They could have followed him if he was gone, ”Baird said. “They didn’t need a warrant to do this. It’s just part of a criminal investigation.
While the law would not have prevented police from outliving the 23-year-old, laundries are also not legally required to tell police what they know about their son’s location, according to the lawyer Bryant Camareno.
“There is no obligation for anyone, a family member or a civilian to say, ‘I know where he is, or so-and-so is taking the first flight to Mexico,” “Camereno said.” He does. there is nothing that says they have to.
Baird said Florida law does not allow parents to be charged after the fact as incidental to certain alleged crimes.
“The parents could be charged, assuming there is supporting evidence, if their son is charged with a first or second degree felony,” Baird said. “If he’s charged with a third degree felony, they couldn’t charge his parents.”
But he said there is no parental protection when there is evidence the parents covered up a crime.
“If they made misleading statements or lied to the officers,” Baird said. “Obviously it’s a crime in Florida and they’re not protected from it. “
Camareno said there is a federal law that does not consider a parental relationship if someone helps cover up a crime.
“When you know about a crime and do your best to cover it up, or you don’t report it.” It could be a federal crime in itself, ”Camareno said.