Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

E.D.Ky.: RS started here with def’s justification for his actions on being a DEA informant

Defendant was validly stopped for a turn signal violation. During the stop, reasonable suspicion developed starting with defendant volunteering he was a DEA informant. United States v. Jackson, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158598 (E.D. Ky. Sep. 18, 2018).* Defendant argued … Continue reading

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NE: Shots fired at car led to officers seeing likely kicked in door and blood on doormat and that was exigency

Officers responded to a call about shots fired hitting a car, and, at defendant’s apartment building, defendant and his cohort fled when the police approached. Possible blood was found on his doormat, and the door had a boot mark that … Continue reading

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OH5: Ptf stated claim for invasion of privacy that private drug tester had to observe genitalia

Plaintiff stated a claim for invasion of privacy that a private drug tester had to observe their genitals in a drug test. Lunsford v. Sterilite of Ohio, 2018-Ohio-3437, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 3725 (5th Dist. Aug. 27, 2018). “Failure to … Continue reading

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NPR: The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe

NPR: The Pot Breathalyzer Is Here. Maybe by Eric Westervelt: As legalization of recreational and medical marijuana continues to expand, police across the country are more concerned than ever about stoned drivers taking to the nation’s roads and freeways, endangering … Continue reading

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MI: Def’s admission he took a sleeping pill before driving added to PC for his blood

The affidavit for the blood search warrant here included that defendant admitted taking some kind of sleeping pill before driving and getting in the accident. That was probable cause and the good faith exception applies in any event. People v. … Continue reading

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ME: Def was about to go into surgery after suspected DWI and accident; warrantless blood draw was with exigency and PC

Defendant was in a serious accident, and he was about to go into surgery. The blood draw at the request of the police was with exigent circumstances and probable cause. State v. Palmer, 2018 ME 108, 2018 Me. LEXIS 111 … Continue reading

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E.D.Wis.: Body cam video along with testimony showed consent voluntary

The body cam video of the encounter on the street shows that the consent was voluntary. United States v. Polnitz, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 120364 (E.D. Wis. July 19, 2018).* “[T]he trial court erred in determining that, following the Birchfield … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Random drug testing of day care employees unreasonable

Random suspicionless government mandated drug testing of day care employees unreasonable because there is no compelling governmental interest. Ass’n of Indep. Sch. of Greater Wash. v. District of Columbia, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70146 (D.D.C. April 20, 2018), reconsideration denied, … Continue reading

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OH9: ER’s blood draw for medical diagnosis didn’t require compliance with statute on DWI blood draws

Defendant was in a fatal accident and taken to the ER. The state trooper there tried to get him to consent to a blood test, and he declined. While the officer went to get a search warrant for this blood, … Continue reading

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WI: Drinking and driving until unconsciousness obviates def’s chance to withdraw implied consent

“We conclude that Mitchell voluntarily consented to a blood draw by his conduct of driving on Wisconsin’s roads and drinking to a point evidencing probable cause of intoxication. Further, through drinking to the point of unconsciousness, Mitchell forfeited all opportunity, … Continue reading

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GA: Trial judge’s order of defense counsel to be drug tested violated 4A; ADA’s SW for blood test next day was valid, however

Defense counsel appeared to the trial judge to be under the influence of something, and the judge ordered a recess. Defense counsel came back to finish the trial after a few hours, and the condition still existed. The court ordered … Continue reading

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KS: A field sobriety test is not a search.

A field sobriety test is not a search. Even if it was, this was shown to be by consent. City of Leawood v. Puccinelli, 2018 Kan. App. LEXIS 35 (June 22, 2018). This heading in the too long opinion explains … Continue reading

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