Police Have a New Crime Fighting Tool — Computer Sniffing Dogs
Man’s Best Friend can also become someone’s worst enemy – Why you need a 4th Amendment Attorney in Michigan
A rescued Black Labrador Retriever named “Bear” was instrumental in the arrest of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle. Bear is one of only 3 electronic detection police canines in the country. These dogs are trained to sniff out thumb drives, iPads, laptops, iPhones, every electronic device you can think of. They can find electronic devices the size of a fingernail. It is thought that there is a chemical odor emitting from these devices that continues even if they are not being operated. Also, there will still be the smell of the human that hid the item. These dogs are being used in all sorts of computer related crimes, child pornography in particular. It is pretty amazing what these dogs can do. Police departments all over the nation are taking notice. Criminal defense attorneys need to be aware of this new type of police dog and what to do if they run across such a dog in a case they are working on. It is the job of a highly experienced 4th Amendment Attorney in Michigan to challenge the constitutionality of these searches when these animals are used as subterfuge for warrantless searches and seizures.
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Police are always coming up with bigger and better ways to fight crime. The problem lies in the real world use of the new methods. The use of police canines to find electronics is scary to the point of futuristic or like something from a Star Trek episode. Technology is important to our daily lives. However, it is more important that technology not be used to infringe on our constitutional right to privacy. The police use of dogs to find technology brings up a myriad of issues and potential abuses. This is why you need the best Michigan criminal defense lawyers available to protect you. The attorneys at LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have spent their entire legal careers fighting to protect citizens from abuses of law enforcement and to make sure that constitutional rights are protected. We also have access to a number of experts that can assist in formulating a defense against the usage of police dogs and the dog’s training. Dogs are great, they help sniff for bombs and even cancer, which can save numerous lives. Just as they are great for some things, there are potential abuses. You need to have a 4th Amendment Attorney in Michigan that understands that just because the police dog is a great tool for police – it does not mean that dog is being used properly or even properly trained. If you have any criminal law issue, or question, please call us at (248) 263-6800 or complete a Request for Assistance form and one of our attorneys will call you. We look forward to hearing from you.
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