Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

AR: State’s failure to get ruling on GFE below bars that argument on appeal; statute on BAC penalties violates Birchfield

Arkansas’s refusal to submit to a BAC test has criminal penalties, and it violates the Fourth Amendment. The trial court’s finding of voluntary consent was decided without an evidentiary hearing and is clearly erroneous. The state’s failure to get a … Continue reading

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D.D.C.: Drug testing school teachers violated 4A

Drug testing of some school teachers in the District of Columbia violated the reasonable expectation of privacy and didn’t serve government interests. There was no indication one group of teachers (really small kids) even deserved to be included for a … Continue reading

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OH9: “Counsel’s decision not to pursue every possible angle [in a suppression motion] is not ineffective assistance.”

“Counsel’s decision not to pursue every possible angle [in a suppression motion] is not ineffective assistance.” State v. Palmer, 2018-Ohio-1486, 2018 Ohio App. LEXIS 1631 (9th Dist. Apr. 18, 2018). Defendant’s swerving vehicle and trailer provided reasonable suspicion for a … Continue reading

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The Legal Intelligencer: Justices to Eye Constitutionality of Consequences for DUI Blood Test Refusals

The Legal Intelligencer: Justices to Eye Constitutionality of Consequences for DUI Blood Test Refusals by Zach Needles: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over whether it’s unconstitutional for a DUI suspect’s refusal of a warrantless blood draw … Continue reading

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CA9: MMJ card didn’t undermine PC for possession

The arrest was based on probable cause to believe marijuana would be found. The existence of a medical marijuana card is only a defense to the holder, and it doesn’t undermine probable cause. Assenberg v. Whitman County, 2018 U.S. App. … Continue reading

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Atlantic: Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints

Atlantic: Drug Use Is Detectable on Your Fingerprints by Rod McCullom

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D.Neb.: Def’s Franks IAC claim fails for lack of any allegations of fact

“Lloyd makes four claims of ineffective assistance of counsel. Those claims border on the ridiculous.” As to his Fourth Amendment IAC claim for not making a Franks challenge, he alleges nothing was false. United States v. Lloyd, 2018 U.S. Dist. … Continue reading

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Wired: The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing

Wired: The Hairy Problem With Drug Testing by Ellen Airhart: Boston police officers whose hair tests positive for drugs usually have two options: admit their substance abuse problems and agree to a stint in rehabilitation, or relinquish their position. But … Continue reading

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OH7: 23 days isn’t stale in a SW for guns

The police were in defendant’s house and observed guns. They didn’t realize that he was a felon in possession until two weeks later. Then they sought a warrant 23 days after seeing the guns. That wasn’t unreasonable considering the fact … Continue reading

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PA: Reasonableness inquiry always required for warrantless blood draw

Trial court failed to make a reasonableness inquiry of whether the warrantless search of defendant’s blood was objectively reasonable. Reversed and remanded. Commonwealth v. Trahey, 2018 PA Super 72, 2018 Pa. Super. LEXIS 276 (Mar. 26, 2018):

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CA10: Carelessly unloading watermelons from a box truck away from a loading dock and in middle of night with “nonsensical” answers was PC

Officers had probable cause to search defendants’ box truck. They were unloading watermelons in the middle of the night on wet grass and not at some loading dock coupled with all the unusual, vague, and even “nonsensical” excuses for why … Continue reading

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FL4: Implied consent doesn’t violate 4A because there are no criminal penalties for denying consent

The Florida implied consent statute does not violate the Fourth Amendment because it does not impose criminal penalties for non-compliance, and only administrative or evidentiary penalties. Defendant was unconscious at the time of the draw. McGraw v. State, 2018 Fla. … Continue reading

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