Implied Consent and Blood Testing

Recently, Texas cities have been exploring stricter testing requirements for individuals suspected of
driving under the influence of alcohol. State laws are being changed to allow police officers to take
blood samples from persons suspected of DWI, even if the person refuses to submit to testing. Such actions
are often justified under the state’s “implied consent” laws.

Since many states (including Texas) consider driving to be a privilege and not a right, police officers
are usually justified in issuing certain types of tests under implied consent laws. In the case of blood
testing, the officers may only need to obtain a search-warrant to obtain a sample from the suspected
individual. For more information on blood testing and DWI, contact Dallas DWI lawyer Mark T. Lassiter
at (214) 845-7007 today.

Blood Test Complications

If police officers are allowed to administer blood tests, possible complications include:

  • Improper training on blood-testing procedures
  • Possible contamination of the blood-sample
  • Improper storage of the samples
  • Failure to properly label the sample
  • Lost or mixed-up samples

In recent years, there have been many questions about the legality of forced blood testing and the true
definition of implied consent. If you have been arrested under suspicion of DWI, you may wish to consult
an experienced Dallas DWI attorney to discuss your legal options.

Contact Us

DWI charges can have a devastating effect on your livelihood, finances, and professional life. For assistance
with your DWI case, contact Dallas DWI attorney Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007.


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