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Georgia DUI Suspects May be Subjected to Forced Blood Draws

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 2,597 people were killed in United States traffic accidents in December 2010. Of those, 775 deaths involved alcohol-impaired drivers. A 2006 study by the NHTSA estimated that there is one drunk driving fatality in the United States every 30 minutes.

 

Georgia's Driving Under the Influence Laws are complex. Georgia DUI injury attorney Shane Smith can sort through the intermingled laws that potentially create complications in a DUI case.

 

Some Georgia counties are requiring suspected DUI drivers to have blood tests in the place of alcohol breath exams. A United States Supreme Court decision now allows police to obtain search warrants for purposes of acquiring blood that will be used as evidence while prosecuting DUI cases. According to the ruling, Georgia police may forcibly draw blood from a suspect after acquiring the search warrant.

 

A county sheriff defended the procedure by rationalizing that guilty suspects will face the consequences and those who are not guilty will be exonerated by the scientific testing. The Supreme Court ruling came after some law enforcement officials complained about the ability to prosecute DUI suspects who refused to take a breath test.

 

If you have questions about Georgia DUI laws, get the answers in Clayton County DUI injury attorney Shane Smith's book, I Was Hit By a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith to schedule a free legal consultation.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia