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Police Cannot Extend Traffic Stop Without Probable Cause
April 22, 2015
Yesterday the Supreme Court held that police cannot extend a search of a routine traffic stop to have a dog sniff a car for drugs. The Court reasoned that “a seizure for a traffic violation justifies a police investigation of that violation,” but no more. If the tasks assigned to that traffic stop reasonably should have been completed the police cannot extend the search without probable cause to do so. This decision was in line with the Court’s recent decisions articulating the robust protections of the Fourth Amendment, particularly as it deals with the search and seizure of personal property. Scotusblog has a very good look at the specifics of the case.