Monthly Archives: June 2009
The Constitutional Validity of the Random K-9 Search

Thus, if an officer is able to have a k-9 unit do a perimeter search of one’s car during the small amount of time that it takes to issue a citation, the Fourth Amendment has been complied with. However, if an officer calls a k-9 unit upon suspicion and holds a suspect even one minute longer than the ordinary time to issue a citation waiting for that k-9 unit to arrive, the Fourth Amendment has been violated.