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Q: Is a k9 sniff sufficient probable cause to search a stopped vehicle

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Lucas Wynne

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fargo, ND
  • Licensed in North Dakota

A: Do not post any additional information about your case online. You do not want to reveal enough information for the police to identify you. Instead, contact a criminal defense lawyer for help. Many attorneys like myself offer free consultations. The answer to your question depends on the particular circumstances.

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Nicholas Nelson

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Wahpeton, ND
  • Licensed in North Dakota

A: A K9 sniff is sufficient probable cause subject to certain limitations. Relevant circumstances include whether the K9 was initially present on scene, the original reason for the traffic stop, the length of the traffic stop, etc. In certain situations, relevant circumstances may deem the K9 stiff unconstitutional, thus not admissible as evidence.

This is general legal information, and I am unable to give adequate legal advice without first speaking with you at length of the circumstances surrounding your particular situation.

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