Supreme Court

SCOTUS Considers Whether Drug Dogs on the Doorstep Are Trespassers

Is probable cause required to bring them onto private property?


Today the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Florida v. Jardines, which raises the question of whether using a trained dog to sniff for marijuana at the doorstep of a house constitutes a search that must be justified by probable cause.

The case involves Joelis Jardines, who was arrested for growing marijuana after Miami-Dade police brought Franky, a drug-sniffing Labrador, to his home based on an anonymous tip.