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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2019 Lesson 08: 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:

  • When will officers have reasonable suspicion to stop a vehicle for suspected narcotics trafficking?

  • When will misleading statements in a warrant affidavit invalidate the warrant?

  • What evidence will provide probable cause to search a house for suspected narcotics trafficking?

  • Do officers with probable cause to make an arrest face any civil liability if their motivation for the arrest is retaliation for the person’s speech?

  • When a driver suspected of DWI is unconscious and cannot be given a breath test, may an officer obtain a warrantless blood draw from the driver?

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