Teton County DUI program challenged

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Wyoming has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Wyoming’s 24/7 Sobriety Program and its application in Teton County, asserting that the daily warrantless searches are constitutional violations when applied to people who haven’t yet been convicted of a crime.
The lawsuit was filed in the Federal District Court of Wyoming in Casper on behalf of two individuals – Alfredo Guillermo Sanchez and David Christopher Ball, who were charged with driving under the influence, and who can be placed back on the 24/7 Sobriety Program in Teton County at any time. Any other pretrial participants of the program are also included in the lawsuit.

Originally created by a 2014 state law, Wyoming’s 24/7 Sobriety Program allows a judge to mandate a breathalyzer test twice a day, every day, for those awaiting trial on alcohol charges. The program was originally designed for repeat offenders of alcohol and drug related arrests, but in Teton County, it is also being used as a pretrial condition for first-time offenders following amendment of the law in 2019.

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