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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Warrentless DUI Blood Tests

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-- The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing in on whether warrantless blood tests should be allowed.

Currently, in both Texas and Oklahoma, a person suspected of drunk driving has the right to refuse a breath or blood test. If they refuse in Oklahoma, they can loose their licence for up to a year. In Texas, their license can be suspended for at least 180 days. Police in Texas also say if you do refuse, they have to obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to issue a breath or blood test.

"As far as DUI blood testing, I think the entire procedure is very invasive of someone's rights and someone's privacy," criminal defense trial lawyer Micah Belden said.

Some prosecutors say the process of waiting for a warrant takes too long and that a person's blood alcohol level continues to drop the longer they have to wait for it.

The Supreme Court's decision will dictate the rights of drivers who are suspected of driving while intoxicated. A decision is expected by this summer.