NAMSDL Case Law Update
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This issue of NAMSDL Case Law Update focuses on seven recent court decisions addressing state drunk/drugged driving laws issued by the highest courts of Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, and Utah. Three of the decisions—reaching differing conclusions, interestingly— address the constitutionality of warrantless blood tests performed on unconscious drivers. Two other decisions conclude that statutes prohibiting driving with any “any amount” of controlled substance in the blood stream do not contain an implicit impairment requirement. The remaining cases address the constitutionality of a warrantless urine test and whether the underlying facts of an accident caused by drugged driving can infer malice on the part of the driver. The cases discussed below are listed in reverse chronological order. Read more »

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This issue of NAMSDL Case Law Update focuses on several recent court decisions addressing state drunk/drugged driving laws, including decisions issued by the highest courts of Arizona, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington. The topics addressed in the summarized cases include the constitutionality of warrantless blood or urine tests and Washington state’s specified concentration statute. Upcoming issues of NAMSDL Case Law Update will focus on cases involving marijuana and novel psychoactive substances. Read more »

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