Mitchell v. Wisconsin Case Brief.pdf - Mitchell v Wisconsin 588 U.S(2019 Facts of the Case In 2013 Mitchell was arrested for operating a vehicle while

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Mitchell v. Wisconsin 588 U.S. ___ (2019) Facts of the Case In 2013, Mitchell was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. Police issued a breathalyzer test and noticed that Mitchell’s blood-alcohol level was three times over the legal limit in Wisconsin. He became sluggish on the way to the police station, so the officers took him to a hospital instead. When Mitchell was in the hospital he fell unconscious so without a warrant or consent, officers demanded the hospital draw blood which revealed his blood-alcohol level. Issues Does drawing blood from the unconscious violate the fourth amendment warrant requirement? Decisions No. Reasoning (5-4) Supreme Court ruled that the blood draw did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The Police Officers had reasonable suspicion to run a blood-alcohol concentration test on Mitchell. Although when the police officers wanted to verify with the hospital Mitchell became unconscious he still gave consent. Once he was on the road and put his life as well as citizens' lives in danger, the police earned the right to waive his fourth amendment right.
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