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Case No. 16-1720

State of Iowa
Terry Lee Coffman

Terry Coffman seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed his conviction for operating while intoxicated. Coffman argues the public servant doctrine of the community caretaking exception does not allow an officer to effectuate the seizure of the occupants of a vehicle that is lawfully parked on the shoulder of the road with no discernable signs of distress. Coffman further argues article 1, section 8 of the Iowa Constitution provides greater protections from the public servant doctrine than the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Trial Court Case No.:


State of Iowa


Terry Lee Coffman

Attorney for the Appellee

Kevin Cmelik

Attorney for the Appellant

Matthew T. Lindholm

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Mar 06, 2018 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 22, 2018
Date Amended:
Sep 06, 2018

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 02, 2017

Other Information

Date Further Review is Granted:
Jan 17, 2018

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