Can I be charged for a crime that I did not commit?
Question Details: My friend took the rental car without my permission. He was later charged with multiple offenses involving the car. They need my permision to search the car. However, I am afraid that they will find anything in the car and charge me instead of my friend. What are my options? How can I avoid being prosecuted for a crime and incident i had no involvement in?
You can't be charged unless there is evidence that *you* were the one who committed (or at least assisted with the crime): you are not resonsible for another person's crime. If whatever they find points to you, then, yes, you coult potentially be charged--but only if the evidence does point to you as the perpetrator.
You are not going to be able to stop them from searching the car forever: for example, they could get a search warrant, if necessary. You may wish to cooperate, though if you are worried about anything in particular (i.e. you fear there is evidence against you), retain a defense attorney first and follow his/her advice.