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Case No. 19-0071

State of Iowa
Jenna Lea DeBrower


State of Iowa


Jenna Lea DeBrower

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Fred Stiefel

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 04, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Rose Anne Mefford, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (5 pages)

            Jenna Lea DeBrower challenges the denial of her motions to suppress evidence she claims the State obtained in violation of her constitutional rights.  OPINION HOLDS: Law enforcement did not violate DeBrower’s constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.  The search of a closed bag in her vehicle was not a warrantless inventory search.  Instead, it fell within the automobile exception to the warrant requirement because the officers had probable cause to believe it contained contraband.  And the officers did not have to give DeBrower Miranda warnings because she was not in custody.

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