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Consent – Coercion — Number of Officers — Police Policy of Situating Officers on Both Sides of Stopped Car

State v. Timothy R. Stankus, 220 Wis. 2d 232, 582 N.W.2d 468 (Ct. App. 1998)
For Stankus: Steven J. Watson

Issue/Holding: The number of officers present does not, by itself, conclusively demonstrate coercion, but is a factor to consider among others. Thus, consent was validly given following a valid traffic stop that had lasted only 5 to 10 minutes before the police sought consent to search the car. Nor did the police policy of situating one officer on each side of the car establish coercion.

 

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