Tag: misadvised

Breath Test Suppressed After Deputy Misadvises CDL Holder

GRL Law received a ruling today that suppressed the results of a breath test taken by a CDL holder. We discovered the officer made a mistake during the implied consent advisory.  He advised the driver that a test failure results in a one-year disqualification, but a refusal results in a lifetime ban on his commercial driving privileges.  That’s not the law, of course, but the mistaken advisory provides a pretty compelling reason to consent, doesn’t it? The district court thought the same.  The driver’s consent was not the product of a reasoned and informed decision. That means the driver’s CDL […]

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OWI amended to Public Intoxication due to failure to provide a proper advisory to client

Jasper County, Iowa- A Spanish speaking client was pulled over for a suspected OWI charge. The officer is required to read the client an implied consent advisory that informs them what will happen if they consent to or refuse the breath test offered by the officer.  When the person does not speak English, the officer is required to convey the advisory to the person so that it can be understood.  In this case, the officer brought in a second officer who translated the advisory into Spanish and read it aloud to the client.  GRL Law attorney Grant Gangestad hired an […]

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