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State v. Thomas E. Schmidt, 2012 WI App 137 (recommended for publication); case activity After performing an HGN test, which exhibited 6 out of 6 indicia of impairment, Schmidt was arrested for OWI. At the ensuing trial, he asserted diabetes as a possible cause for the HGN result. The trial court ordered, as a condition of his… Read more

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OWI – Refusal – Probable Cause to Arrest

Village of Little Chute v. John D. Bunnell, 2012AP1266, District 3, 11/14/12 court of appeals decision (1-judge, ineligible for publication); case activity Officer’s failure to perform FSTs pursuant to established protocols (HGN test requires 4-second pass-of-the-eye, and officer used 2-second pass), “compromises the validity of the test results,” and therefore “cannot be used to support a determination of probable cause to arrest,” ¶19… Read more


OWI: admissibility of opinion based on FST

State v. James W. Warren, 2012AP1727-CR, District 2, 1/16/13 Court of appeals decision (1 judge, not eligible for publication); case activity OWI — admissibility of opinion based on field sobriety tests Police officer testimony that, based on his training and experience, “the field tests are a reliable indicator of whether someone is .08 or higher”… Read more


State v. Richard B. Wilkens, 2005 WI App 36 For Wilkens: Waring R. Fincke Issue/Holding: ¶14. In Wisconsin, the general standard for admissibility is very low. Generally, evidence need only be relevant to be admissible. See Wis. Stat. § 904.02; State v. Eugenio, 219 Wis. 2d 391, 411, 579 N.W.2d 642 (1998) (“All relevant evidence is admissible unless otherwise… Read more


State v. Christopher M. Repenshek, 2004 WI App 229, PFR filed 12/17/04 For Repenshek: Stephen E. Mays Issue/Holding: Refusal to submit to a PBT may support a conclusion of reasonable suspicion for a blood draw: ¶25. Key to understanding our analysis is understanding that Wis. Stat. § 343.303 does not contain a general prohibition on police requesting a PBT… Read more