When can you put your dog into a vehicle to conduct a K-9 search inside the car? What if my dog jumps into the car on his own during the search? Every class I am involved in teaching at the Little Rock K9 Academy these questions alway come up. Most everyone, myself included, likes to have a black and white answer to these types of questions.
The problem with search and seizure is that it is often times not black and white. Courts will disagree on cases, even supreme court judges disagree with each other when interpreting the laws and applying it to cases. Hopefully I will shed some light on the topic of when your dog can enter a vehicle during a search for contraband.
Without question you and your K9 can conduct a search of the interior of a vehicle if you have one of the following