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SCOTUS considering blood test for DUIs

6:28 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
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On Wednesday, U.S. Supreme Court justices heard the case of a Missouri man pulled over for suspected DUI in 2010 and forced to undergo a blood test.

The American Civil Liberties Union, which represents the defendant, claims that without a warrant the blood test was a violation of the man's Fourth Amendment protection which guards against unreasonable searches and seizures. 

Lawyers for Missouri and the Obama administration argue police should be allowed to administer a blood test without a warrant because a person's blood-alcohol level drops as the body processes it, and authorities must get a reading as quickly as possible.

Missouri as well as 49 other states have laws requiring drivers who are arrested on suspicion of driving while drunk to consent to a blood-alcohol test.

Refusal generally leads to suspension of a driver's license.

The court is expected to rule on the case later this year.

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