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Missouri 2019-2020 Lesson Summaries

2019 Lesson 2: Legal Update


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This is an online Missouri-specific legal studies course. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to law enforcement officers regarding: 

  • When an officer finds a driver away from the scene of an accident, when will the officer have probable cause to believe the driver was intoxicated while driving; 

  • What evidence can be used to prove intoxication at the time of driving; 

  • When will an officer be entitled to qualified immunity for using force against a plaintiff who ignores the officer’s commands; 

  • When will evidence seized by a private citizen be admissible against a defendant in a criminal trial; 

  • How courts determine whether a person conducts a search as a private citizen or a government agent; 

  • When may officers reasonably rely on a person’s apparent authority to grant consent to enter a dwelling; 

  • What factors courts consider when determining if a person has apparent authority; and

  • Will an officer be entitled to qualified immunity for using deadly force against a suspect with a reputation for violence but who does not appear to be armed at the time of the seizure.

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