Supreme Court Rules in Missouri v. McNeely That States Cannot Routinely Compel Blood Tests in DUI Cases Without Consent and Without a Warrant

April 17, 2013 11:33 am

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NEW YORK – The ACLU welcomes today’s Supreme Court decision rejecting the proposition that states may routinely compel drivers to submit to a blood test in drunk-driving cases without consent and without a warrant.

The following quote is from Steven R. Shapiro, ACLU national legal director, who represented Tyler McNeely before the Supreme Court:

We know from experience that drunk-driving laws can be strictly enforced without abandoning constitutional rights. Today’s decision appropriately recognizes what half the states have already demonstrated – that maintaining highway safety does not require sacrificing personal privacy.


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