Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

HI: No PC shown for blood search warrant; no alcohol smell and disorientation was likely from head trauma

The state did not attempt to exhaust any possibilities that defendant’s disorientation wasn’t caused by likely head trauma because there was no probable cause otherwise that defendant had consumed alcohol. The search warrant for blood should not have issued. State … Continue reading

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OH1: Blood draw from unconscious driver is by consent and reasonable

“Under [Ohio statute] an unconscious driver is deemed to have consented to a blood draw,” and that doesn’t violate the Fourth Amendment. State v. Albright, 2021-Ohio-292, 2021 Ohio App. LEXIS 301 (1st Dist. Feb. 3, 2021).* 2255 petitioner’s Fourth Amendment … Continue reading

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CO: Forced blood test unreasonable and suppressed; remedy is to prosecute for refusal

Under Colorado statute, anyone who drives a motor vehicle in the state is deemed to have consented to take a blood or breath test when requested by a law enforcement officer having probable cause to believe the driver is under … Continue reading

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OH7: Drug testing of drug def after conviction but before sentencing was reasonable

A court ordered drug test after conviction but before sentencing was reasonable because it factors into sentence. State v. Fisher, 2020-Ohio-6829, 2020 Ohio App. LEXIS 4672 (7th Dist. Nov. 7, 2020). Defendant, convicted of child pornography, had a release condition … Continue reading

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SD: Impending surgery exigency for warrantless blood draw

Defendant’s impending surgery was an exigent circumstance for a warrantless blood draw. “We have held that imminent medical care that threatens to destroy BAC evidence through blood transfusions, intravenous fluids, or natural dissipation over time may create exigent circumstances. … … Continue reading

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MA: Obtaining CSLI by SW in 2014 was independent source against 2010 obtaining by request (and Carpenter was 2018)

The state obtained defendant’s CSLI without a showing of probable cause in 2010. In 2014, they sought it again with a search warrant. Carpenter came in 2018. The independent source doctrine applied in the 2014 search, and defense counsel wasn’t … Continue reading

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KS: GFE applies to blood draw before court held it unconstitutional

“Applying State v. Perkins, 310 Kan. 764, 449 P.3d 756 (2019), to the circumstances of this case, the good-faith exception to the exclusionary rule applies and allowed the district court to consider the results of a blood test for blood … Continue reading

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TX14: SW to take blood includes ability to forensically test it

The search warrant for taking defendant’s blood included the ability to forensically test it. The fact that the forensic analysis of defendant’s blood occurred at a date beyond the three-day window for execution of the warrant did not render the … Continue reading

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ABA CJS: The Privacy Implications of DUI Refusals and Forced Blood Alcohol Tests: What Judges Can Do

ABA CJS: The Privacy Implications of DUI Refusals and Forced Blood Alcohol Tests: What Judges Can Do by Hon. Zuberi Bakari Williams (“Usually, a refusal to take an alcohol breath test ends the collection of evidence of alcohol for routine … Continue reading

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GA: Defendant’s refusal to submit to a urine test wasn’t a 5A violation

Defendant’s refusal to submit to a urine test wasn’t a Fifth Amendment violation. Motion to suppress improperly granted. State v. Awad, 2020 Ga. App. LEXIS 589 (Oct. 20, 2020):

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E.D.Cal.: “probable cause does not require the best conceivable evidence”

“In defendant’s case, he was arrested for a violation of § 4.23(a)(1), permitting a BAC test as a search incident to arrest under Birchfield. Although there is a distinction between the concentration of alcohol in the blood and the degree … Continue reading

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MN: McNeely retroactive where properly pled

“We also conclude that McNeely applies retroactively to Edwards’s test-refusal conviction. Finally, we conclude that the postconviction court erred when it failed to follow the heightened pleading requirement and burden-shifting procedure set out in Fagin. We therefore reverse the postconviction … Continue reading

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TX: SW to draw blood in DUI case allows testing for BAC

A search warrant to draw defendant driver’s blood included the ability to test it for BAC. But not anything else, such as genetic information, but that’s not the issue. Crider v. State, 2020 Tex. Crim. App. LEXIS 612 (Sept. 16, … Continue reading

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Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples

Argus Leader: Federal judge awards thousands to those forcibly catheterized for urine samples by Danielle Ferguson (“A federal judge has approved a settlement to individuals who were unconstitutionally made to provide urine samples for suspected drug use through forced catheterizations. … Continue reading

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PA: Def gets benefit of Birchfield by adequately raising issue before it was even decided; but he loses on merits

Defendant would get the benefit of Birchfield because he developed and preserved the same argument below. He loses on the merits, however, because he voluntarily consented before the officer told him of the criminal penalties for refusal, so his consent … Continue reading

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HI: Local police dept’s implied consent form was accurate

On the totality, defendant’s consent to BAC testing was voluntary. The police department’s implied consent form was accurate. State v. Hosaka, 2020 Haw. LEXIS 256 (Aug. 28, 2020)*:

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