Posts Tagged ‘DWI’

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Warrants for Taking a Blood Sample

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers are required to obtain a search warrant before a blood sample is collected from a suspected DWI offender.  The ruling emerged from a state court case, Missouri vs. McNeely (PDF), in which the Missouri Supreme Court held that a warrant was required to take a blood sample, unless exigent circumstances existed making a warrantless search necessary.

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the Missouri Court and, in their written opinion, specifically held that:

In drunk-driving investigations, the natural dissipation of alcohol in the bloodstream does not constitute an exigency in every case sufficient to justify conducting a blood test without a warrant.

A number of amicus briefs were filed with the Supreme Court prior to the decision, including one by the organization, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (PDF), that opposed the warrant requirement, and the National College for DUI Defense (PDF) that argued in favor of securing warrants in DWI cases.

So, what do you think? Did the Supreme Court get it right? Vote in this week’s poll and see the results for yourself!

Friday Crime Vids

Posted: March 8, 2013 in Humor, Policing
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There’s nothing funny about drunk driving itself, but sometimes you just have to laugh at the behavior that results once the police get involved. This week’s Friday vids feature an assortment of drunken gaffs, including a creative alphabet jumble and two unexpected face-plants.

Enjoy!

If you drink this weekend, please don’t drive.  Abstain or arrange for a sober driver instead. Otherwise, you may wind up on the wrong end of a DWI, and as the recipient of your own 15 seconds of unwanted fame on Youtube.