In United States v. Rodriguez, 135 S.Ct. 1609 (2015), the United States Supreme Court was asked whether police officers could routinely extend the length of a traffic stop to allow a trained drug detection dog to sniff the stopped car.  The Court held that they may not. Specifically, the Court held that, absent reasonable suspicion…

Law enforcement officers all over Kansas are using traffic check lanes more often than ever before.  At these checkpoints, officers may verify that vehicle occupants are wearing seat belts, ask whether drugs or guns are located in the vehicle, or, most often, investigate drivers for driving under the influence aka DUI. At checkpoints, all traffic…

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