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Consent — Preliminary Breath Test

County of Jefferson v. Renz, 231 Wis.2d 293, 603 N.W.2d 541 (1999), reversing Jefferson Co. v. Renz, 222 Wis. 2d 424, 588 N.W.2d 267 (Ct. App. 1988)
For Renz: Stephen E. Mays.

Issue: Whether an officer is required to have probable cause to arrest before asking a suspect to submit to a preliminary breath test.

Holding: The “overall scheme” allows an officer to use a PBT to determine whether to arrest a suspect, and to establish probable cause for arrest, if challenged. That is, the officer may request a PBT before establishing probable cause for arrest. ¶22. In this case, the defendant consented to the PBT; as a result, the court does not reach the issue of whether probable cause to arrest would be necessary for nonconsensual administration of a PBT. 231 Wis. 2d at 311 n. 14.)

 

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