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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2019 Lesson 06: Legal Update


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

  • Under Iowa Code section 804.20, if a person is suspected of OWI, when and under what circumstances does that person have a right to make telephone calls to a family member or an attorney?

  • When investigating private real property, which portion of the property is considered the “curtilage” and thereby subject to privacy protection?

  • What evidence is sufficient to prove that a person was operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated?

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

  • When might evidence obtained pursuant to a search warrant be suppressed?

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