DUI Records Probe In Lebanon County, PA
The Associated Press reported on October 24, 2013 that the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office searched the court clerk's office in Lebanon County, PA. Investigators were seeking to determine if the clerk’s office was sending information required by law to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation “PennDOT” regarding DUI convictions. The clerk is required to notify PennDOT of a conviction within 10 days following the finding. Lebanon District Attorney David Arnold asked the AG’s office to look into the matter following complaints from the county administrator, county commissioners as well as judges.
State of Minnesota v. Wesley Eugene Brooks
The Minnesota Supreme Court rendered an opinion in State of Minnesota v. Wesley Eugene Brooks on October 23, 2013. Mr. Brooks was arrested for DUI on three separate occasions. Following each stop, Mr. Brooks agreed to a urine or blood test following being informed that a failure to provide said sample was a crime. Mr. Brooks argued at the trial court level and on appeal that his consent to provide samples was not voluntary because he was forced by law to comply as it was a separate criminal offense to refuse. Further he argued that the searches should be suppressed because they were warrantless. The Minnesota Supreme Court disagreed indicating that making it a crime to refuse consent to a breathalyzer or blood test does not make the consent coerced.
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