State v. Paul J. VanLaarhoven, 2001 WI App 275
For VanLaarhoven: Michele Anne Tjader
Issue: Whether a blood sample, properly obtained under the Implied Consent law, may be analyzed without a warrant.
Holding: The Implied Consent law requires that all who apply for a driver’s license consent not only to provide a sample, but also a chemical analysis of the sample. ¶¶7-8. More broadly: “the examination of evidence seized pursuant to the warrant requirement or an exception to the warrant requirement is an essential part of the seizure and does not require a judicially authorized warrant.” ¶16. Thus, “law enforcement was permitted to conduct an analysis of VanLaarhoven’s blood to determine if it contained evidence of a blood alcohol concentration in excess of the legal limit.” ¶17.