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Case No. 20-0445

State of Iowa
Matthew Robert Sewell

Defendant appeals from the judgment and sentence entered on his conviction for operating while intoxicated (first offense). See Iowa Code § 321J.2 (2019). He contends the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress the results of his breath test from evidence. He argues: (1) he had a statutory right under Iowa Code section 804.20 to a confidential telephonic consultation with his attorney which law enforcement violated by monitoring and recording the conversation; (2) the monitoring and recording by police of his phone consultation with his counsel violated his rights under article I, sections 9 and 10 of the Iowa Constitution; and (3) the appropriate remedy is dismissal of the charges.



State of Iowa


Matthew Robert Sewell

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven

Attorney for the Appellant

Robert G. Rehkemper

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Feb 17, 2021 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 04, 2021
Date Amended:
Aug 25, 2021

Other Information

Date Retained:
Dec 28, 2020

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