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Missouri 2022 Lesson Summaries

2022 Lesson 18: Caselaw Update



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

  • Can a defendant be convicted of drug possession when officers found the drugs in a house where multiple people were present?

  • When a suspect harms innocent bystanders during a police pursuit, are the police officers liable for the harm?

  • Is a defendant’s request for an application for a public defender an unequivocal request for an attorney?

  • Can a speeding violation help form reasonable grounds to believe the driver is intoxicated?

  • What facts and circumstances will allow an officer to develop probable cause to arrest a person for driving while intoxicated when no one observed the person at the time of a vehicle crash?

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