Bloomington City Police Department recently joined a select few law enforcement agencies, including Lakeville, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the Minnesota State Patrol, that are implementing a new technology. This new technology allows for squad cars to be equipped with cameras that are able to scan and read the license plates of up to 2,000 vehicles …Continue reading "New Technology for Minnesota Law Enforcement Vehicles"
Two Minnesota Court of Appeals opinions filed June 27, 2011, allow for officers to obtain a urine sample from a driver suspected of DWI without first obtaining a search warrant. See Ellingson v. Commissioner of Public Safety and Dupont vs. Commissioner of Public Safety. Both cases involved a challenge to the revocation of the drivers’ …Continue reading "No Warrant Required to Obtain Urine Sample"
In the late spring of 2011, the Minnesota Court of Appeals considered an interesting driver’s license revocation case, Swanson vs. Commissioner of Public Safety. In this case the Petitioner challenged his driver’s license revocation that resulted from a urine test taken after a DWI arrest showing an alcohol content over 0.08. Petitioner’s driver’s license revocation …Continue reading "Should a search warrant be required before obtaining a urine sample from a driver suspected of DWI?"