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o. Refusal, OWI

Review of an unpublished court of appeals decision; case activity (including briefs); petition for review Issues (composed by On Point) (1)  May a prosecutor argue that a defendant’s refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test shows consciousness of guilt? (2)  When a circuit court denies a postconviction motion based on arguably inapplicable case law, must the defendant… Read More

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More on probable cause to arrest for OWI

State v. George R. Ferrell, Appeal No. 2012AP2602, 9/26/13, (1-judge; ineligible for publication); case activity A state trooper does not need evidence such as odors, admissions or containers to have probable cause to arrest for OWI.  These facts will do the trick:  ¶12 . . . [T]he State Patrol received several reports that Ferrell was… Read More

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§ 904.01, Relevance – Refusal, OWI

State v. Kurt J. Doerr, 229 Wis.2d 616, 599 N.W.2d 897 (Ct. App. 1999) For Doerr: John M. Carroll. Issue/Holding: Doerr argues that evidence of his refusal to take a chemical test was irrelevant, because it occurred at the police station rather than the arrest scene. The argument is rejected: Though refusal evidence is relevant to… Read More

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State v. Rodney G. Zivcic, 229 Wis.2d 119, 598 N.W.2d 565 (Ct. App. 1999) For Zivcic: John J. Carter Holding: A “deficient sample” printout from an Intoxilyzer 5000 test is held admissible – not as a test result, but as Zivcic’s failure to provide adequate breath samples (which equals a refusal)… Read More

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