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. But how that test is administered is important, as it can greatly affect the suspect’s performance. Furthermore, legal […]

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DEA announces nationwide ban on synthetic drug ‘bath salts’

On behalf of Craig Kuhary, Attorney at Law posted in Drug Charges on Thursday, October 27, 2011. 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. These […]

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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. The woman was reportedly a chaperone on her 7-year-old daughter’s school […]

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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. Unfortunately, thousands of search warrants issued in […]

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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. Another similar case was recently decided by […]

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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. Now, new technology to […]

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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. […]

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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.” While they appear to be normal flashlights routinely used during traffic stops, the sensors on the device, when put near a driver’s mouth, can act […]

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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. Earlier this month, a repeat DUI offender was charged with his 14th drunk driving offense. However, […]

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