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No Refusal Weekends Ruled Unconstitutional

A Texas law that allows police officers to take blood samples from suspected drunk drivers without a warrant is unconstitutional. The ruling released today by the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals could mean the end of “No Refusal Weekends,” including one set for the Thanksgiving holiday. The law allowed officers to force suspected drunk drivers […]

A Texas law that allows police officers to take blood samples from suspected drunk drivers without a warrant is unconstitutional.

The ruling released today by the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals could mean the end of “No Refusal Weekends,” including one set for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The law allowed officers to force suspected drunk drivers to undergo breath tests.

It also allowed law enforcement to draw blood of suspects during the “No Refusal” program.

The state’s highest court for criminal cases found that taking the evidence — without a warrant — is a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

 

 



 

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