Supreme Court considers two Florida drug dog cases

The justices of the Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in two Florida cases concerning drug-sniffing dogs. The court's rulings could affect how the use of these dogs affects people's Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.

The first case involved a police dog who detected the smell of marijuana outside a Florida house. This led the police to obtain a search warrant for the house, where they discovered a marijuana-growing operation.

Five justices seemed skeptical about allowing police dogs to sniff around outside people's homes with probable cause. They asked questions about the officer's intent in approaching the door, how long the dog spent sniffing around and whether a implied consent exists for people to approach the front door of a home in general.

The prosecutor essentially said that law enforcement officials would not be violating the Fourth Amendment if they routinely used police dogs to check every door in a neighborhood or took them inside apartment buildings to "sniff around."

In the second case, a Florida man had been pulled over in his pick-up truck. A police German shepherd helped the officer find chemicals used to make methamphetamines in the truck. The argument before the court focused on whether the dog's reliability had been established. The ruling in the case could affect how officers may use drug dogs near vehicles and what privacy protections citizens enjoy in their cars.

If you have been accused of an offense involving illegal drugs it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney. They can help you protect your constitutional rights in the criminal justice system and work toward the best possible outcome in your case.

Source: The New York Times, "Drug-Sniffing Dogs Have Their Day in Court as Justices Hear 2 Arguments," Adam Liptak, Oct. 31, 2012

To learn more about state and federal drug crime defense, please visit our website.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • Badge 1
  • Badge 2
  • Badge 3
  • Badge 4
  • Badge 5
  • Badge 6
  • Badge 7
  • Badge 8

Contact O'Brien Hatfield, PA for a free case evaluation today

In Tampa, call (813) 345-4909. In Orlando, call (888) 496-5916 . For fast answers, email us using the form below.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

This site uses Google's Invisible reCAPTCHA, which is subject to Google's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Footer Brand

Tampa Bay Office
511 West Bay Street Suite 330
Tampa, FL 33606

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 813-345-4909
Tampa Law Office Map

Central Florida Office
121 South Orange Avenue Suite 1500
Orlando, FL 32801

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 407-686-1696
Orlando Law Office Map

South Florida Office
Northbridge Tower
515 North Flagler Drive
Suite P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 407-686-1696
South Florida Office Map

South Florida Office
Brickell Bay Office Tower
1001 Brickell Bay Drive
Suite 2700 M-1
Miami, FL 33131

Toll Free: 888-496-5916
Phone: 305-859-0046
Miami Law Office Map