If you refuse a breath test in Platte County, you can look forward to a forced blood test. That’s right, while other counties in the state implemented the practice several months ago, Platte is the first in the Kansas City area to announce the new procedure. [Read more…]
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed a bill that reforms Missouri’s DWI laws in a number of significant ways. The bill is meant to be tougher on repeat offenders, but also offers more treatment options for alcohol abuse and addiction. [Read more…]
The Missouri house passed a proposed law that would allow police to take a blood sample of those suspected of drunk driving without requiring a warrant.
The law is part of a nationwide trend of “no refusals” to tests that would chemically establish intoxication, by either breath test or blood test, to determine if a suspect is above the nationwide legal limit of .08% BAC (blood alcohol content), indicating legal impairment.
Numerous constitutional questions arise from this law, as to whether this is considered “self-incriminating” evidence in DWI cases. Other states, such as Texas, get around this by essentially having judges on call to issue warrants on the spot.
The house bill is designated as HB 1695. The bill moves on to the Senate (as SB 880) for passage, and other drunk driving law changes may be included in the final package, including possible enhanced penalties for enhanced or high BAC results of .15%, nearly twice the legal limit.