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When is law enforcement allowed to initiate search & seizure?

Search and seizure is a controversial practice, but it is also one of the most commonly employed by police. The term refers to an incident in which law enforcement searches a person or property under the pretense of investigating a suspected crime. Although this procedure is a necessity in many instances, it can also be abused or executed in a way that is unfair to its subject. According to KUTV, a Utah search and seizure case has made it all the way to the Supreme Court. It is not uncommon for legal disputes to follow such incidents, and it is essential to understand what parameters define the legality of a search and seizure. Following are a few examples.

When can law enforcement use drug dogs for a search?

Police departments began using dogs in the 19th century for security and control, but it was not until the 1960s that dogs were used to detect illegal drugs. It is thought that Israel was the first country to do so, with France soon following. Military police used drug dogs during the Vietnam War to reduce drug smuggling into the United States. Today, it is common to see drug dogs being used in airports, schools and at traffic stops. Businesses are even using private companies that employ drug dogs and handlers to search employees' desks and lockers to find illegal substances.

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