THE STATE OF VEHICLE SEARCHES

After Patrick Knowles was stopped by Iowa police for speeding, a complete search of his car produced a bag of marijuana and a pot pipe under the driver's seat. Knowles was then arrested and charged with a violation of the state's controlled-substances law. Under Iowa law (s 321.485 (1)(a)) the police officer, after having probable cause to believe the accused violated a traffic or equipment law, had authority to do a full-blown search, even though the officer had elected not to take the individual into custody and decided merely to issue a citation. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the search was an illegal violation of the Fourth Amendment and that the marijuana evidence should be suppressed. The case points out the importance of continuing officer education in this ever-changing area of law.

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  • Pagination: p. 8-9
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  • Accession Number: 00762800
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 19 1999 12:00AM