Category Archives: Dog sniff

IL: Dog sniff at motel room door violates 4A

A 2014 dog sniff at a motel room door violates the Fourth Amendment, and a reasonably well-trained officer in Illinois would know that. Suppressed. People v. Lindsey, 2018 IL App (3d) 150877, 2018 Ill. App. LEXIS 807 (Oct. 30, 2018). … Continue reading

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DE: State const’l claim Caballes should be rejected would not be considered on mere plain error review

Defendant for the first time on appeal raised a state constitutional argument that Caballes on dog sniffs as searched should be rejected. The court declines to go there on plain error review. Bradley v. State, 2018 Del. LEXIS 477 (Oct. … Continue reading

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PA: Request for consent to search by two officers with no dog present was not consent to a dog sniff

Defendant’s consent to two officers to conduct a search of his car didn’t extend to a dog sniff, too, because there wasn’t a dog there at the time, and that would be the common understanding. Commonwealth v. Valdivia, 2018 Pa. … Continue reading

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IL refuses to differentiate between homes and apartment buildings for dog sniffs at the door

IL refuses to differentiate between homes and apartment buildings for dog sniffs at the door because an apartment is still a “house” under the Fourth Amendment, and a different rule is unfair. An apartment dweller’s curtilage is his or her … Continue reading

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CO: Once a dog alerts on a car, there is PC, and putting dog in car wasn’t unreasonable

Once a dog alerted on a car during a stop that was valid up to that time, putting the dog inside the car wasn’t unreasonable. The officers had probable cause at that point. People v. Bailey, 2018 CO 84 (Oct. … Continue reading

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CA7: Pre-Collins dog sniff of car on property was valid when it happened; GFE applies

A pre-Collins v. Virginia dog sniff of defendant’s car on his property was valid under circuit law at the time it occurred, so the good faith exception requires no suppression. United States v. Velazquez, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 28445 (7th … Continue reading

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MN: Apt building common hallway not curtilage under Jardines for dog sniff

Dog sniff in the common hallway of an apartment building wasn’t unreasonable because it’s not curtilage under Jardines. State v. Edstrom, 2018 Minn. LEXIS 446 (Aug. 15, 2018). There was nexus: “Here, the investigating officer had significant experience. The officer … Continue reading

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OH9: Dog sniff of a car in motel parking lot not a search

A dog sniff of a car on a motel parking lot was reasonable and didn’t require reasonable suspicion because there was no stop. State v. Bryner, 2018-Ohio-3215, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 3473 (9th Dist. Aug. 13, 2018). Police had a … Continue reading

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WY: PC existed for vehicle search before dog was called in; legality of stop abandoned

Defendant’s three sentence motion to suppress said it would follow up with authority. The motion and hearing without that authority narrowed the scope of the claim and abandoned the justification for the stop and any state constitutional claim. What developed … Continue reading

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The New American: Do Tech-sniffing K9s Violate the Fourth Amendment?

The New American: Do Tech-sniffing K9s Violate the Fourth Amendment? by Joe Wolverton, II: For several years, police and the FBI have been secretly training dogs to sniff out thumb drives, SD cards, and other small electronic devices. These special … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: Backup officer to traffic stop immediately used drug dog, and that wasn’t unreasonable

Defendants’ failure to stop at stop signs was justification for the stop. A backup officer with a drug dog did a dog sniff around the car while the basic stuff of the traffic stop was being done. This did not … Continue reading

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W.D.Ky.: Drug dog sticking his nose into defendant’s car was instinctual and wasn’t caused by the police

A drug dog sticking his nose into defendant’s car was instinctual and wasn’t caused by the police, following United States v. Sharp, 689 F.3d 616 (6th Cir. 2012). United States v. Miles, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 66899 (W.D. Ky. Apr. … Continue reading

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