Category Archives: Drug or alcohol testing

AR: Error in officers’ testimony as to place actually searched was properly excluded at trial as potentially confusing where it was clearly def’s place

Police confusion at trial as to the address actually searched wasn’t relevant, and the trial court didn’t abuse its discretion in foreclosing questions about that for confusion of the issues. “But his argument ignores the undisputed proof that the drugs … Continue reading

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Cal.3: The evidence supports the conclusion that def consented to his blood draw

Substantial evidence supported the finding that defendant consented to his blood draw. After the officer instructed her that the implied consent law required her to undergo a blood draw, defendant did not object or refuse to undergo the test, did … Continue reading

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TN: Hair follicle test of parents in juvenile court on less than PC was justified by special needs doctrine

The juvenile court here had justification to order a hair follicle test on defendant for drug use because of the high interest in protecting the children. The search was justified under special needs. That ultimately led to his prosecution. State … Continue reading

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NYDN: Mother sues Pittsburgh hospital for false-positive drug test during labor that led to child abuse probe

NYDN: Mother sues Pittsburgh hospital for false-positive drug test during labor that led to child abuse probe by Theresa Braine (“A western Pennsylvania mother is suing the hospital where she gave birth after it ran a drug test without her … Continue reading

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WY: Refusing to permit execution of SW for blood BAC supported obstruction conviction

Defendant was properly convicted of obstruction of a peace officer for refusing to permit a search of his blood under a search warrant. Garza v. State, 2020 WY 32, 2020 Wyo. LEXIS 34 (Mar. 4, 2020). “Bennett-Martin cannot recover compensatory … Continue reading

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S.D.Ga.: Bodycam video shows homeowner’s consent to entry over guest’s gun was voluntary

The owner of the house, captured on a bodycam video, consented to a search of the house for a firearm that defendant, an overnight guest, allegedly brought into the house. United States v. McRae, 2020 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26680 (S.D. … Continue reading

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Policeone.com: The constitutionality of blood draws in DWI cases: 3 recent SCOTUS opinions

Policeone.com: The constitutionality of blood draws in DWI cases: 3 recent SCOTUS opinions by Mike Callahan (the lede is about arresting a nurse for refusing a blood draw: “This incident was certainly a bad day for Nurse Wubbels, but it … Continue reading

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WaPo: A mother briefly lost her newborn after failing a drug test. Her doctor suspects poppy seeds.

WaPo: A mother briefly lost her newborn after failing a drug test. Her doctor suspects poppy seeds. By Michael Brice-Saddler (“Rebecca Hernandez was forced to spend three days apart from her newborn boy as she awaited a confirmatory test, which … Continue reading

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ME: Statute requiring blood draw in fatal accident without PC violates 4A; but GFE applied here

Maine’s statute that requires a blood draw of the driver in a fatal or near fatal accident without probable cause violates the Fourth Amendment. Thus, the 2007 case upholding the statute is overruled. It cannot be categorized under the special … Continue reading

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NC: Obtaining blood sample by court order without PC or even RS suppressed

Blood draw evidence should have been suppressed because the order obtaining it was based on no showing of probable cause or even reasonable suspicion. Second degree murder conviction reversed. State v. Scott, 2020 N.C. App. LEXIS 69 (Jan. 21, 2020):

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NC: Reasonable force can be used for a DUI blood draw under SW when def refuses

Officers had a search warrant for defendant’s blood while he was in the hospital for an accident. Relying on United States v. Bullock, 71 F.3d 171 (5th Cir. 1995), the court concludes that reasonable force can be used to take … Continue reading

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FL5: State doesn’t get GFE on Birchfield where it came down day before def’s stop

Birchfield came down day before defendant’s arrest, and good faith exception isn’t applied. “Although it is understandable that a police officer might be unaware of the holding of a controlling court opinion within a day or two of its issuance, … Continue reading

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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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