In the last blog post we discussed the basics of the 4th Amendment which governs searches and seizures. To recap, the 4th Amendment protects US citizens from an unlawful search or seizure completed by a governmental agent or agency.
There are three crucial questions to ask when taking the 4th Amendment under consideration:
In Florida v. Jardine (2013), police took a drug dog to the defendant’s front porch, where the dog alerted to traces of drugs found on the property. The police then went to acquire a search warrant to search the house for drugs, where they found growing marijuana plants. This was found to be an unlawful search and seizure because the drug dog was viewed as a forensic tool while searching the “curtilage” of the home without probable cause and warrant. The curtilage is known as the area surrounding the home to which the activity of the home extends.
The Supreme Court announced that the 4th Amendment can be violated in two ways:
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