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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals mandates warrant to test blood

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled November 26 that taking without permission or warrant the blood of a person suspected of intoxication is unconstitutional and violates that person’s right to the Fourth Amendment, which protects people from unwarranted searches and seizures, the Austin-American Statesman reported.

The decision came after the state appealed an earlier decision by a Texas trial court that ordered the suppression of a blood sample obtained from David Villareal when he was charged with a DWI and taken into police custody in Nueces County in 2013. Villareal was stopped for a traffic violation, but the police officer who asked him to pull over suspected he was intoxicated, performed sobriety tests on him, and drew his blood without Villareal’s consent.

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