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Supreme Court Places Limits on Use of Dogs at Traffic Stops

In a 6-3 decision written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the United States Supreme Court placed new limits on dog sniffs as a part of routine traffic stops in the case of Rodriguez v. United States. In summary, the Court held that once a traffic stop has been completed, law enforcement may not extend a […]

Dog Sniff Searches Limited by North Carolina Court of Appeals

On July 1, 2014, the North Carolina Court of Appeals released its opinion in State v. Cottrell in which the court limited the use of police dog drug sniffs following traffic stops. In Cottrell, the defendant was observed driving without turning on his headlights. The law enforcement officer stopped him for this infraction as well […]