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US Supreme Court Limits Police Officers' Ability to Force a Blood Test

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its ruling on an important case involving a warrantless blood test on an individual suspected of drunk driving. The Court said a warrant must be obtained before performing a blood test on an individual against his or her wishes except when it is reasonable and urgent to forgo a warrant, which depends on the circumstances of the case.

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Wisconsin Weight Violations Can be Costly and Time-Consuming

Wisconsin truck drivers (or those from other states just passing through) have a tough job. They have to contend with the long hours, discomfort and solitude of life on the road, and they also have to deal with an ever-moving target of weight and size parameters that could literally earn them an overweight or oversize violation one day that they didn’t get the day before under seemingly identical conditions.

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Probation and Parole are no Cakewalk in Wisconsin

Wisconsin inmates would agree that it is better to be out on probation or parole than it is to be in jail. Probation is a court-imposed sentence that allows a person to be released into the community rather than committing the person to prison or jail. Parole is the early release of an incarcerated person. Under both probation and parole, the sentenced individual must obey certain requirements, which could include obeying all laws, reporting to an officer of the court and refraining from alcohol and drug use, among others. Violating these conditions can result in a return to jail or prison.

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Wisconsin's DNA Collection Initiative Challenged by Supreme Court Case

In February 2013, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced a budget initiative, which aims to expand DNA collection to those arrested on felony charges. Under Wisconsin’s current law, DNA is taken only from convicted felons and those convicted of a few misdemeanors.

At this time, 25 states and the federal government collect DNA upon felony arrest. Proponents of such laws say the initiative saves lives by identifying serious offenders and putting them behind bars. However, those who oppose the idea note that the DNA collection of arrestees undermines the presumption of innocence.

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Supreme Court to Rule on Detention of Building Occupants During a Search

In order to place someone under arrest, police officers need to have probable cause. This means that you cannot be arrested unless officers have a level of suspicion based on objective evidence that makes it reasonable to suspect you have probably committed a crime or are about to commit a crime.

However, there are certain limited circumstances in which you may be lawfully stopped by police without the encounter amounting to an arrest. One of these special situations is when you are the occupant of a house that the police are searching or are about to search under the authority of a valid warrant.

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Milwaukee Rollover Crash Leads to Two OWI Citations

On behalf of Courtney & Molter, S.C.

As Milwaukee County has stepped up its police presence and patrols against drunk driving, more people may be defending themselves against these types of charges. One man in particular recently found himself facing two OWI citations in the same day.

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Wisconsin Woman Charged with Drunk Driving

When it comes to drunk driving, police have no tolerance for those who break the law. This is a serious crime that can lead to accidents resulting in death or injuries to those involved.

A 36-year-old woman from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, was charged with endangering the life of a child and aggravated driving under the influence as the result of an accident she caused in which multiple people were taken to the hospital.

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Milwaukee Police Crack Down on Weekend Drunk Drivers

In an effort to reduce the amount of drunk driving that takes place on Wisconsin roadways, Milwaukee police have been enacting their Operation Drive Sober program. Over the weekend of Jan. 24-26, the Milwaukee police stopped five drunk drivers, two of which were arrested after driving on freeway ramps in the wrong direction. The average PBT results of those arrested was .15.

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Intoxicated Woman Involved in Wrong-Way Accident

A crash involving a wrong-way driver took place in Milwaukee on Highway 45 at around 1:00 a.m. on Nov. 21. The crash is believed to be the result of drunk driving; the 23-year-old woman who reportedly caused the accident admitted to having consumed two glasses of wine, two bottles of beer and a vodka drink that night. She also admitted to having smoked marijuana earlier in the day.

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High Speed Chase Ends in Crash

Milwaukee law enforcement officers took a 40-year-old man into custody after he was allegedly drinking and driving on Oct. 29 and driving at speeds of up to 109 m.p.h. The arrest was the 1,000th repeat offender for an OWI offense since 2010. Authorities reported that an officer saw a car headed the wrong way on a local street; however, the driver wouldn’t respond to a traffic stop. The pursuit covered both city streets and the highway and began a few minutes before 3 a.m. It culminated on Highway 41 when the subject hit yellow barrels and a median. His vehicle flew up into the air and crashed into a law enforcement vehicle, hitting the window and hurting the officer.

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Man Who Collided with House Faces OWI Charge

News sources say that a home in Wisconsin has been so badly damaged by an alleged drunk driver that it is unlikely that anyone will be able to live there again for some time. On Oct.17, a man with six previous intoxicated driving offenses drove a truck into the front of a home in New Berlin. The home was occupied at the time of the accident; however, no one appears to have been injured in the incident.

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