About 2am a highway patrol pulled me over. He came to my window asked for my ID & insurance info. I was not driving my own vehicle I explained that to the officer. He asked me to get out of the vehicle. He then asked me if I had any weapons on me which I did not, he then put me in the back of his cruiser. After getting in the back of the cruiser a k9 unit pulls up behind us. The patrolman never told me why I was pulled over until I asked. He pulled me over for not having a front license plate. He the searched all the info I gave him. In the meantime the k9 went over my van I was never asked if they could do so. When the patrolman was done searching my info he let me cruiser with verbal warning. I asked why the k9 search he responded that this was a heavy drug area. Do I have any recourse
The police do not need your permission to bring a drug-sniffing K9 to a traffic stop; the officer must have developed some sort of reasonable suspicion that you were engaged in some sort of drug activity, however. That being said, you weren't even ticketed for the offense, and other than the inconvenience of being detained, there are no damages. A lawsuit against the state would likely be an exercise in futility and deeply invasive into your own life.
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It sounds like you weren't charged with a crime. Take that to the bank. The police do not need your permission to do the dog thing; however, they cannot unreasonably lengthen the stop to do it unless they have some reasonable basis for believing you have drugs. Merely being present in a high crime area isn't, but it sounds like the stop was over and done with pretty quickly. There's not much for you to do at this point.
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