Fourth Amendment: Drug Dogs on a Driveway

53 Am. Crim. L. Rev. Online 23

Devika Singh*

Police departments commonly use drug dogs to detect the presence of illegal narcotics. In a recent case, United States v. Beene, the Fifth Circuit held that the use of a dog to find narcotics within a car parked in the defendant’s driveway was not a search. The Fifth Circuit erred in its reasoning. The scenario in Beene constituted a search, and the Supreme Court should evaluate the Fifth Circuit’s decision.

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