Thursday, February 03, 2005

Can Texas Be Too Far Behind?

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday endorsed broader power for police to force motorists in accidents to undergo blood and/or urine tests for drunkenness.

Despite a state law that explicitly requires tests only in accidents that involve injury or death, the court ruled 5-1 that police-compelled blood and urine checks may be used to prosecute a man for driving under the influence.

Although I practice DWI Defense in Austin, Texas, I can assure you that such checks on civil liberties in Illinois can easily be extended here. As a matter of fact, there have been grumblings of forcing folks to give blood through a search warrant in one of our neighboring counties for some time now.