COURT WEIGHS APPLYING DWI WARRANT RULE RETROACTIVELY

The New Jersey Supreme Court is considering whether to retroactively apply a 2013 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that said police generally must get a search warrant before obtaining blood samples or demanding urine samples from suspected intoxicated drivers. The Court is set to determine if past police practices in the state, where warrants were rarely obtained, violated a defendants’ constitutional rights if those defendants did not consent to providing the sample.

The decision the court reaches could impact several previously decided matters.

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