Warrant Required for Forced DUI Blood Draw, Supreme Court Rules

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling recently that reinforces the rights of people stopped by police on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. On April 17, 2013, the Court ruled that police officers should have obtained a warrant before having blood forcibly drawn from a man suspected of DUI after he refused to give his consent to BAC test. This issue has been the topic of widespread debate throughout the country in recent years. Some law enforcement agencies have argued that warrants should not be required due to the time-sensitive…Read more

Lower Alcohol Limit for Massachusetts OUI: Probably Not Anytime Soon

Each state has the authority to write and enforce its own criminal laws; however, this does not mean that the Federal government cannot make recommendations and push states to make changes. In May, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that states should lower the legal blood-alcohol limit from .08 to .05. A change in Massachusetts DUI/OUI law would require state action and the issue is not currently on the Massachusetts legislature's agenda. State senators and local law enforcement have stated that the idea needs further review. Any change will take time, if the…Read more