Can a police officer seize a cell phone during an arrest for possession of a 1/2 ounce of marijuana?

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Can a police officer seize a cell phone during an arrest for possession of a 1/2 ounce of marijuana?

Asked on July 21, 2013 under Criminal Law, Iowa

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Robert Johnston / Law Office of Robert J. Johnston Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

As a general rule, the police can seize anything related to the commission of a crime, for the purposes of collecting evidence. Without more information, I do not see the relationship between possession of marijuana and a cell phone. So my guess would be no. But then again, I don't have much information about the arrest and all of the circumstances.

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