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Warrants have gone to the dogs in searches and drug cases

By Nicole Deborde of DeBorde Law Firm posted in Search & Seizure on Friday, February 22, 2013.

When can dogs sign a search warrant for drugs? This week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that dogs can provide probable cause for a search. The ruling in Florida v. Harris was unanimous. It is still possible that citizens accused will be able to challenge the reliability of the dog's perfomance based on the "totality of the circumstances". For example, challenges can be made to the adequacy of a dogs training, which will require a great deal of leg work on the part of the attorney making the challenge to the search where drugs or other evidence is involved.

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