Officer’s urge to “search for the truth” doesn’t justify an extension of a traffic stop

State v. Tunis Jay LeFever, 2019AP702-CR, District 2, 10/30/19, (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) An officer stopped LeFever for speeding, noticed that he had bloodshot eyes, and detected a faint odor of alcohol but wasn’t sure of the source. He asked LeFever to complete field sobriety tests. The officer noted indicators […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Officer’s urge … Continue reading Officer’s urge to “search for the truth” doesn’t justify an extension of a traffic stop

SCOW to review extension of traffic stop case where Judge Reilly invoked Dred Scott

State v. Courtney C. Brown, 2017AP774, petition for review granted 10/15/19 case activity (including links to briefs) Issues (petition for review) Whether police unlawfully extended a noncriminal traffic stop beyond its initial purpose? As explained in our post on the court of appeals’ decision, an officer stopped Brown’s car, noticed he wasn’t wearing a seat belt, […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point SCOW to … Continue reading SCOW to review extension of traffic stop case where Judge Reilly invoked Dred Scott

Traffic stop for flashing high beams within 500 feet of approaching car was reasonable

State v. Jamie Ellin Grimm, 2019AP789-Cr, District 2, 10/16/19 (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication), case activity (including briefs) When a driver approaches an oncoming car within 500 feet,  §347.12(1)(a) requires her to “dim, depress or tilt” her high beams so that “glaring rays” aren’t directed into the eyes of the approaching driver. It is undisputed […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point Traffic stop … Continue reading Traffic stop for flashing high beams within 500 feet of approaching car was reasonable

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

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

COA: “canting,” swerving within lane, “shaking” were reasonable suspicion of OWI

State v. Denise R. Campbell, 2018AP1190, 7/16/19, District 3 (one-judge decision; ineligible for publication); case activity (including briefs) This is a state’s appeal of the suppression of evidence derived from the stopping of Denise Campbell’s vehicle. The arresting deputy testified to various unusual driving behaviors and, in the court of appeals’ view, the trial court […] Source: WI Public Defenders – On Point COA: “canting,” … Continue reading COA: “canting,” swerving within lane, “shaking” were reasonable suspicion of OWI

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