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Iowa Legal Update Lesson Summaries

2022 Lesson 2: Caselaw Update


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This is an online Iowa legal update course for law enforcement officers. The lesson addresses recent court decisions providing guidance to Iowa police officers regarding the following questions:

  • When is a suspect in custody for purposes of Miranda warnings?

  • When and under what circumstances may law enforcement officers reinitiate questioning of a suspect after the suspect has invoked the right to remain silent?

  • When will an officer have reasonable suspicion of criminal activity to justify extending a traffic stop beyond its original mission?

  • Does the plain view doctrine allow an officer to examine glass vials lying on a couch to determine whether they contain illegal substances?

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