The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled 5-4 today that police officers must now obtain a search warrant to obtain your blood in all types of DWI investigations. This is a major change to DWI law in the State of Texas and a nice step by Texas courts in protecting your constitutional rights. Prior to this ruling, police agencies were relying on mandatory blood draws in all felony DWI investigations and they could get your blood without a Judge signing a search warrant.
Check out the article below from WFAA:
State Now Requiring a Search Warrant for DWI Blood Draw
What does this mean for you? If you get pulled over for DWI in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, or in a surrounding area, then as long as you do NOT consent to a blood draw, then the officer must obtain a search warrant and it must be reviewed and signed by a Judge for that officer to be able to get your blood. This will allow your Fort Worth DWI lawyer the ability to review the warrant and make sure it complies with Chapter 18 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. If it doesn’t comply, then the blood results can be thrown out and the State cannot use it against you at your trial.
Call today if you need to speak with an experienced Fort Worth DWI Defense Lawyer – 877-208-3382.