Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

IL: State’s delay in getting blood draw showed no exigency for dispensing with warrant

State’s own delays in attempting to get a blood draw showed lack of exigency for it. People v. Eubanks, 2019 IL 123525, 2019 Ill. LEXIS 1235 (Dec. 5, 2019):

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FL follows Mitchell on blood draws from the unconscious

The Florida Supreme Court granted a certified question of public importance on whether a search warrant was required to draw blood from an unconscious motorist in the hospital. In the meantime, SCOTUS decided Mitchell v. Wisconsin. This court applies Mitchell … Continue reading

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NYDN: NY prisoner in solitary for nearly 200 days over false positive on drug test: lawsuit

NYDN: NY prisoner in solitary for nearly 200 days over false positive on drug test: lawsuit by Stephen Rex Brown and Chelsie Rose Marcius (“The suit is part of a growing statewide scandal over an avalanche of false positives that … Continue reading

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Courthouse News Service: False Drug Test Results Blamed for Jailhouse Punishments

Courthouse News Service: False Drug Test Results Blamed for Jailhouse Punishments by Amanda Ottaway (“According to the complaint, DOCCS is currently in the process of overturning all positive results generated by the faulty tests, which it says are the result … Continue reading

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NYTimes: Ohio High School Plans to Drug-Test All Students at Least Once a Year

NYTimes: Ohio High School Plans to Drug-Test All Students at Least Once a Year by Derrick Bryson Taylor (“Research has shown that more than 37 percent of school districts have adopted drug-testing policies, but whether they lead to reduced rates … Continue reading

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WI: Uncorroborated informant hearsay was strong enough to credit for probation search on RS

Wisconsin permits warrantless probation and parole searches on reasonable suspicion by any law enforcement officer. Officers had it here based on uncorroborated informant hearsay. The record also supports the trial court’s conclusion that the officer knew of the search condition … Continue reading

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MO: Def’s blood draw while he was unconscious was proper under Mitchell

Defendant was unconscious after a single car accident and he smelled of alcohol. There was probable cause and the blood draw did not violate the Fourth Amendment under Mitchell v. Wisconsin. State v. Gray, 2019 Mo. App. LEXIS 1671 (Oct. … Continue reading

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WA: Breath for BAC is not subject to search incident doctrine

Defendant was arrested for another reason, and police did a search incident of his breath for DUI. That’s not a proper purpose. City of Vancouver v. Kaufman, 2019 Wash. App. LEXIS 2616 (Oct. 15, 2019). The search warrant appears based … Continue reading

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D.Md.: Failure to get a SW for BAC required suppression here; well established procedures were in place

A stop on a U.S. Park property led to a warrantless blood draw which is suppressed because there was no effort to get a warrant despite a well-known procedure in place to do so. “Further, the government’s argument that the … Continue reading

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OR: Appeal of order of mother in juvenile case to provide UAs affirmed for an insufficient appellate record

The mother of a juvenile was ordered to give observed UAs as a part of a dependency-neglect proceeding. She didn’t provide a sufficient appellate record to decide whether the trial court’s order violated the state constitution, so it’s affirmed. Dep’t … Continue reading

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TX remands blood draw from unconscious motorist under Mitchell v. Wisconsin

“Appellee was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after the State took a blood sample from him without a warrant and while he was unconscious. The trial court granted his motion to suppress his blood test results, and the court … Continue reading

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TX3: Phlebotomist’s careless handling of blood draw that didn’t compromise test wasn’t enough to suppress just from alleged risk of infection that didn’t happen

“As the State admits, using a biohazard container as a workstation for a blood draw is not ideal. However, even viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the trial court’s ruling, we conclude that Fikes failed to meet … Continue reading

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TX3: State failed to show exigency for dispensing with BAC SW

The trial court did not err by granting defendant’s motion to suppress blood evidence obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment. The State failed to prove that the warrantless blood draw was justified by exigent circumstances: the collision did not … Continue reading

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D.Mass.: Transit worker in safety sensitive position could be drug tested for an “incident” short of an “accident”

The Boston MTA did not violate the Fourth Amendment by requiring a drug test of an employee involved in an “incident” short of an “accident.” The employee was in a safety sensitive position. Cabral v. Mass. Bay Transp. Auth., Boston … Continue reading

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WA: EMTs would be medicating and intubating def in transit after car wreck, and that’s exigency for warrantless blood draw

Defendant was in a bad wreck and the first responders could smell alcohol. He was going to be medicated and intubated for transport to the ER. A warrantless blood draw was reasonable for exigent circumstances because the sample would have … Continue reading

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PA: Birchfield doesn’t prevent evidence of refusal

“[W]e conclude the ‘evidentiary consequence’ provided by Section 1547(e) for refusing to submit to a warrantless blood test — the admission of that refusal at a subsequent trial for DUI — remains constitutionally permissible post-Birchfield. We therefore affirm the order … Continue reading

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