Totality of circumstances justified extension of traffic stop

State v. Yunus E. Turkmen, 2018AP1673-CR, District 3, 8/13/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) An officer stopped Turkmen after he made a U-turn in the middle of an intersection and squealed his tires loudly. (¶3). Based on that conduct and information obtained and observations made after the stop, there was a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Totality of … Continue reading Totality of circumstances justified extension of traffic stop

COA reinforces Wisconsin’s elimination of 4th Amendment protections in traffic stops

State v. Courtney C. Brown, 2017AP774-CR, 6/5/17, District 2 (recommended for publication); case activity (including links to briefs) This is a published, split decision with a vigorous, showstopping “concurrence” by Reilly. Neubauer and Hagedorn hold that after writing Brown a ticket for a seatbelt violation, an officer’s request that he exit his car and consent to […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA reinforces … Continue reading COA reinforces Wisconsin’s elimination of 4th Amendment protections in traffic stops

SCOW: Police asking driver about weapons is part of any traffic stop’s “mission”

State v. John Patrick Wright, 2019 WI 45, reversing an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) The supreme court holds (again) that, as part of any routine traffic stop, police may ask a driver whether he or she is carrying a weapon. Wright was stopped for a defective headlight. After telling Wright […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW: Police … Continue reading SCOW: Police asking driver about weapons is part of any traffic stop’s “mission”

Anonymous tip and officer’s own observations supported traffic stop

State v. Kevin Ian End, 2018AP1437, 3/6/19, District 2 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) An anonymous caller told police about a vehicle swerving in her lane and having difficulty with speed control. She provided no license late number. An officer proceeded to the area and saw a vehicle make an assortment […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Anonymous tip … Continue reading Anonymous tip and officer’s own observations supported traffic stop

Driver’s failure to yield on entering roundabout justified traffic stop

State v. Nicholas C. Wegner, 2017AP2236-CR, District 2, 10/23/18 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) A police officer testified he was proceeding through a traffic roundabout when Wegner, ignoring the yield signs posted for vehicles entering the roundabout, entered directly in front of the officer and caused the officer to have to brake […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Driver’s failure … Continue reading Driver’s failure to yield on entering roundabout justified traffic stop

SCOW will decide whether asking a driver about weapons is a permissible part of the “ordinary inquiry” allowed during a traffic stop

State v. John Patrick Wright, 2017AP2006-CR, review of an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs) Issue (from state’s petition for review) Does asking a lawfully stopped motorist whether he is carrying any weapons, in the absence of reasonable suspicion, unlawfully extend a routine traffic stop? Wright was stopped for a defective headlight. […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW will … Continue reading SCOW will decide whether asking a driver about weapons is a permissible part of the “ordinary inquiry” allowed during a traffic stop