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

COA holds that DA’s sarcastic belittling of public defenders was due to inexperience, not overreach

State v. Darius Kavonta Smith, 2019AP642 & 643-CR, 8/6/19, District 1 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) During closing arguments, the DA made a sarcastic, belittling reference to public defenders who line up empty chairs to emphasize that the State neglected to call witnesses to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA holds … Continue reading COA holds that DA’s sarcastic belittling of public defenders was due to inexperience, not overreach

Second attempt to challenge 1995 license revocation fails, too

State v. Robert E. Hammersley, 2018AP1022, District 3, 7/30/19 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including appellant’s brief) Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S. Ct. 2160 (2016), doesn’t provide a basis to void the revocation of Hammersley’s driver’s license back in 1995 for refusing a blood alcohol test after his OWI arrest. Hammersley argues […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Second attempt … Continue reading Second attempt to challenge 1995 license revocation fails, too

COA: Cops invade no expectation of privacy by looking into yard visible from road

State v. Adam Blaine Anderson, 2018AP718, 7/23/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) A sheriff’s deputy saw Anderson, who had an outstanding warrant, in the yard of an a acquaintance with whom he was staying. Specifically, the sheriff saw him by means of a live surveillance video; they’d installed a […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA: Cops … Continue reading COA: Cops invade no expectation of privacy by looking into yard visible from road

Felony OWI with a minor passenger is an unclassified felony

State v. James A. Culver, 2018AP799-CR, District 4, 7/25/19 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) Back in 2008 Culver was convicted and sentenced for OWI, fifth offense, with a minor in the car, which doubles the minimum and maximum penalties, § 346.65(2)(f). Now that his extended supervision (ES) is being revoked he challenges the […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Felony OWI … Continue reading Felony OWI with a minor passenger is an unclassified felony

Challenge to blood test quickly disposed of

State v. Lonnie P. Ayotte, Jr., 2018AP839-CR, 7/25/19, District 4 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) Like Jessica Randall, Ayotte consented to a blood draw after his OWI arrest but then asserted his right to privacy in his blood and told authorities they couldn’t test his blood for alcohol without a warrant. […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Challenge to … Continue reading Challenge to blood test quickly disposed of

No ineffective assistance for failing to advance novel theory

State v. Johnalee A. Kawalec, 2017AP798, 7/24/19, District 2 (not recommended for publication); case activity (including briefs) We’ve questioned the blanket claim that a lawyer can’t be ineffective for failing to argue an unsettled proposition of law. Here we have the sort of case for which the general rule makes some sense. Kawalec was charged […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point No ineffective … Continue reading No ineffective assistance for failing to advance novel theory