Search of air filter during inventory held to be valid.

In a recent case decided by the 8th Circuit an inventory search of a air filter compartment under the hood of vehicle was upheld as a valid inventory. United States v. Ball (8th Cir. Oct. 29, 2015) Search of an air filter compartment under hood of vehicle that revealed cocaine upheld as valid inventory exception supported by policy and officers [...]

By | October 31st, 2015|Categories: Case Law|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

K9’s against the clock

A few days ago there was a new case decided in Illinois (State V Pulling published 6-17-2015) which I think is important for all K9 Handlers to read and understand. I predict there will be many rulings out of various jurisdictions that follow along these lines. Back in April I wrote a post about the US Supreme Court Decision [...]

By | June 20th, 2015|Categories: Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on K9’s against the clock

When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? -by Clay Smith

When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? – by Clay Smith   As a result of the recent United States Supreme Court Decision in: RODRIGUEZ v UNITED STATES there has been a lot of discussion, concern, confusion, and controversy on the issue of using a K9 to sniff a vehicle during or after a [...]

By | April 25th, 2015|Categories: Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on When can the police use K9 to conduct a sniff of a lawfully stopped vehicle? -by Clay Smith

When can your K9 search the inside of a car? – Clay Smith

When can you put your dog into a vehicle to conduct a K-9 search inside the car? What if my dog jumps into the car on his own during the search? Every class I am involved in teaching at the Little Rock K9 Academy these questions alway come up. Most everyone, myself included, likes to have a black and white [...]

By | February 1st, 2015|Categories: Case Law, Legal Issues|Comments Off on When can your K9 search the inside of a car? – Clay Smith