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October 2011 Archives

Legal experts argue that field sobriety tests can be inaccurate

We have previously written that Wisconsin police must ask a driver to submit to a field sobriety test in order to determine if there is probable cause for a DUI arrest or for more extensive blood-alcohol-concentration tests.

DEA announces nationwide ban on synthetic drug 'bath salts'

In previous posts, we have written about Wisconsin's efforts to ban newer recreational drugs like synthetic marijuana. Many individual cities and communities passed their own bans because there was no statewide law to prohibit the drug's use.

Wisconsin woman arrested for drug possession during field trip

A Wisconsin woman has been charged with drug possession following an incident that occurred while chaperoning her young daughter's field trip. According to the criminal complaint, the 28-year-old woman was in possession of several plastic bags containing heroin, hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia.

Authority to issue search warrants examined by WI Supreme Court

We have previously written that search warrants play a very important role in protecting the rights of criminal suspects. Before police can search a home for evidence of drug crimes or other illegal activity, they must convince a judge that there is probable cause for such a search.

Wisconsin courts dismiss evidence from DUI stop based on phone tip

Last month, we wrote about two recent examples where convictions for drunk driving were overturned because the arresting police officers did not have probable cause to make a traffic stop. If we did not have these protections in place, police officers could pull anyone over for any reason.

New technology helps appeal a Wisconsin robbery conviction: Part II

Earlier this week, we wrote that a Wisconsin man was recently granted a new trial after a 1994 conviction on two counts of armed robbery. There were inconsistencies in his conviction, including grainy footage from store surveillance cameras as well as eyewitness testimony that failed to identify him in a lineup.

New technology helps appeal a Wisconsin robbery conviction: Part I

We recently wrote about how unreliable eyewitness testimony can be in criminal cases. A recent study concluded that a simple variation in the way witnesses are shown suspect photos can greatly increase their chances of falsely identifying an innocent person. This has led to countless wrongful convictions in cases of sexual assault, rape and robbery.

Police using hidden alcohol sensors to sniff out drunk drivers

Law enforcement agencies throughout the country are beginning to use a new tool to aid in the combat of drunk driving. Officers are starting to implement the use "DUI flashlights."

Wisconsin man charged with drunk driving for sleeping in his car

We have previously written that Wisconsin residents sometimes get charged and convicted of DUI even though they were never seen driving their car. Wisconsin police officers sometimes assume the worst when they encounter an intoxicated person in a vehicle.

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