Limits On Drug-Sniff Dog Searches

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal Law on Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Florida v. Jardines, an important case on the limits of the use of trained dogs to detect the presence of narcotics in a person’s home.

Based on an unverified tip, police began watching the defendant’s house, where they believed defendant had been growing marijuana plants. Observing absolutely nothing suspicious, the police nevertheless called for a drug-sniffing dog trained to detect the odor of different narcotics, including marijuana. The police walked the dog onto the porch of the defendant’s house, and the dog gave the signal he smelled narcotics. Based on the “heads up” from the dog, …