Campus Cop Capers: They’re Not Religious Police When Enforcing DWI Laws

(Editor’s Note: This is an edited version of the opinion of the North Carolina Supreme Court in State v. Yencer, No. 365PA10, filed Nov. 10, 2011.) The North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Campus Police Act to provide police protection at “institutions of higher education” and to ensure “this protection is not denied to students, […]

Nassau County, N.Y., Crime Lab Shut Down

Technicians at the Nassau County, N.Y., crime lab were found to have not followed basic crime lab procedures, meaning that either samples or equipment may have been contaminated in drug cases. For those who were convicted of driving while intoxicated, there are issues regarding the calibration of the lab’s portable breath test. This could impact […]

Using Public Record Requests To Challenge Breath Test Results

DWI defense attorneys routinely challenge police actions on the basis on faulty breath-test machines or similar scientific matters. But a series of cases involving the police departments in Washington State suggests public record requests may open new avenues of attack. In one case, reported in the Seattle Times, a number of DWI prosecutions were thrown […]