Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

OR: No exigency for warrantless entry into home for BAC when another warrant required for that anyway

In a DUI case, the state did not show exigent circumstances to enter defendant’s home to take him into custody to then have to seek a search warrant for his blood anyway. State v. Ritz, 361 Ore. 781, 2017 Ore. … Continue reading

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WA: Random UAs valid as condition of probation for DUI

“At issue in this case is whether a court may require a probationer convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) to submit to random urinalysis testing (UAs) for controlled substances. In particular, this issue centers on whether this testing violates … Continue reading

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PA: Conflict of laws: PA law applies as site of crime even though blood draw in NY

Defendant had a DUI accident in Pennsylvania and his blood was drawn at an ER in New York for medical purposes. New York law would exclude the evidence, but Pennsylvania law would not because the doctor-patient privilege doesn’t apply in … Continue reading

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PA has two on DUI blood tests; TN applies GFE to pre-McNeely blood draw

Hospital blood draw from an unconscious defendant at the hospital was inadmissible without a warrant or exigent circumstance. Commonwealth v. Myers, 2017 Pa. LEXIS 1689 (July 19, 2017). “Based on the reasoning set forth in Neville and Graham, we find … Continue reading

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TX13: Untested hospital drawn blood sample has to be obtained by SW not subpoena

Defendant was in a car wreck and hospitalized. The other person in the wreck died. At the hospital, he was treated and released, but blood was drawn for medical purposes but never analyzed by the hospital. The officer obtained a … Continue reading

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KS implied consent statute unconstitutional under Birchfield

The Kansas implied consent statute, K.S.A. 2016 Supp. 8-1025(a), is facially unconstitutional under Birchfield. State v. Ryce, 2017 Kan. LEXIS 327 (June 30, 2017). Under the Tennessee child exploitation statute, “process” that must be executed by the prosecutor means arrest … Continue reading

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IA: Breath test of boater was valid as search incident under 4A but not state const.

“[T]he breath test [of a boater] constituted a search incident to arrest excepted from the Fourth Amendment’s warrant requirement under Birchfield.” State v. Pettijohn, 2017 Iowa Sup. LEXIS 78 (June 30, 2017):

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NYTimes: Why We Shouldn’t Drug Test Poor People

NYTimes: Why We Shouldn’t Drug Test Poor People by Jamila Michener and Julilly Kohler-Hausmann President Trump with Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin this month. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times The Senate Republicans’ stalled effort to repeal the Affordable Care … Continue reading

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NC: Warrantless blood draw from unconscious driver violated 4A

“We now address the application of the Supreme Court’s decisions in Birchfield v. North Dakota and Missouri v. McNeely to the situation at bar, specifically, the warrantless blood draw from defendant for purposes of determining blood alcohol content. We hold … Continue reading

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CA5: 15 minute delay between traffic offense and stop wasn’t constitutionally “stale”

15 minute delay between traffic offense and stop wasn’t constitutionally “stale.” Also, collective knowledge applies to reasonable suspicion. United States v. Zuniga, 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 9958 (5th Cir. June 5, 2017). The smell of alcohol after driving the wrong … Continue reading

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