COA upholds admission of prior confrontations with police in disorderly conduct trial

State v. Eric L. Vanremortel, 2018AP417, 9/4/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Vanremortel was charged with disorderly conduct for an incident in which he followed the wife of a retired police officer in her car, then repeatedly got out of his own car and shouted at her. The state […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA upholds … Continue reading COA upholds admission of prior confrontations with police in disorderly conduct trial

COA affirms TPR – parent’s claims fall on credibility grounds

State v. T.L.G., 5018AP1291, 9/4/19, District 1 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity T.L.G., who is cognitively limited, appeals the termination of her parental rights to her son. During the proceedings below her lawyer requested a competency evaluation; eventually the court appointed T.L.G. a guardian ad litem. T.L.G. ultimately pleaded no-contest to the asserted […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA affirms … Continue reading COA affirms TPR – parent’s claims fall on credibility grounds

May courts presume a person is competent to agree to commitment for treatment if a doctor opines that he isn’t?

Dane County v. N.W., 2019AP48, 8/29/29, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity N.W. entered a written stipulation to extend his Chapter 51 involuntary mental commitment. On appeal he argued that due process required the circuit court to conduct a colloquy to determine whether he knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily agreed to the extension […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point May courts … Continue reading May courts presume a person is competent to agree to commitment for treatment if a doctor opines that he isn’t?

DOT rule governing tinted car windows is valid, and so is the stop based on its suspected violation

State v. Richard Rusk, 2019AP135-CR, 8/29/19, District 4 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) An officer stopped Rusk because he believed that tinting on the windshield of Rusk’s vehicles extended so far down as to violate Wis. Admin § Trans 305.34(6)(c)(May 2014). Rusk argued that this was a mistake of law because the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point DOT rule … Continue reading DOT rule governing tinted car windows is valid, and so is the stop based on its suspected violation

Standard OWI jury instruction sufficiently conveyed meaning of “impaired”

State v. Kari E. Mravik, 2018AP2300-CR, District 4, 8/29/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) At her OWI 2d trial, Mravik asked the judge to modify Wis. J.I.—Criminal 2663’s definition of “under the influence of an intoxicant.” The trial judge declined. The court of appeals finds no error because the instruction as a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Standard OWI … Continue reading Standard OWI jury instruction sufficiently conveyed meaning of “impaired”

Defense wrestles State into conceding Batson error, but doesn’t get new trial

State v. Patrick D. Zolliecoffer, 2018AP1639-CR, 8/20/19, District 1 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Zolliecoffer challenged two of the State’s peremptory strikes as racially based. On appeal, the State conceded that the circuit court failed to apply the 3-step procedure for analyzing Batson claims, which On Point recently explained here.  Zolliecoffer urged […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense wrestles … Continue reading Defense wrestles State into conceding Batson error, but doesn’t get new trial

COA: Good faith OKs blood draw whether or not implied consent statute constitutional

State v. Justin W. Paull, 2017AP1210, 8/15/19, District 4 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Mr. Paull was found bloody and semi-conscious after a motorcycle accident. He smelled of intoxicants and had slurred speech. Police arrested him, and he was taken to the hospital. An officer read the informing the accused form […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA: Good … Continue reading COA: Good faith OKs blood draw whether or not implied consent statute constitutional

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 finds reasonable suspicion for drug investigation, FSTs; probable cause for arrest

County of Dunn v. Cashe L. Newville, 2018AP1167, 8/6/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Newville was pulled over by a sheriff’s deputy who observed that, among other things, his license plate lamps weren’t working. An arrest on suspicion of operating under the influence of methamphetamine followed. The court of […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA finds … Continue reading COA finds reasonable suspicion for drug investigation, FSTs; probable cause for arrest

Defense win! Court must hold probable cause hearing within 72 hours of detention for violating Ch. 51 settlement agreement

Ozaukee County v. R. C.J. Y., 2019AP297, 8/7/19, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity Many Chapter 51 cases are resolved through 90-settlement agreements entered just before or just after the circuit court holds a probable cause hearing. These settlement agreements are governed by §51.20(8)(bg),(bm) and (br). The court of appeals explained that if […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Defense win! … Continue reading Defense win! Court must hold probable cause hearing within 72 hours of detention for violating Ch. 51 settlement agreement