STATE v. DQWAN A. TAYLOR, 440 N.J.Super. 515 (App. Div. 2015)

The court considered whether the defendant, a passenger in a motor vehicle determined to be stolen, had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the vehicle's contents. U.S. Const. amend. IV; N.J. Const. art. I, ¶ 7. The court declined the State's invitation to formulate a bright-line rule as a matter of law, that an individual operating or occupying a stolen motor vehicle, regardless of their knowledge of its status, does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy. The question whether defendant had a reasonable expectation of privacy required a fact sensitive inquiry.

The matter was remanded to develop facts on the issue of defendant's knowledge.