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Missouri 2019-2020 Lesson Summaries

2020 Lesson 15: Legal Update


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

  • What circumstances turn a consensual encounter with a motorist into an investigative detention; 

  • What circumstances allow an officer to search a vehicle for weapons; 

  • What are the limits of a Terry-style vehicle search for weapons; 

  • When the public safety exception to the Miranda rule allows officers to interrogate a suspect without first providing a Miranda warning; 

  • What an officer must to do make an arrest of a driver before asking him/her to take a blood alcohol content test; and 

  • Whether, to make an arrest, an officer must handcuff an injured driver whose mobility is limited by medical devices.

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