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The List of people that can draw blood from a person accused of DWI is about to get bigger.

Posted in Austin DWI, Austin Police, Blood Test, DPS Troopers, Texas DWI Laws
  Starting September 1, 2013, the number of individuals that will be authorize to take blood samples from people accused of DWI will increase. The Legislature has amended the Transportation Code Section 7.24.017 to include Emergency Medical Technicians. Up until now, only licensed physicians, qualified nurses, technicians or chemists were allowed to draw blood. Currently, Emergency Medical Technicians are… Continue Reading

NTSB wants 0.05 to be the standard for DWI

Posted in Austin DWI, Blood Test, Breath Test, Intoxilyzer
CNN reported that Washington’s National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is recommending that all 50 states should lower the blood alcohol content rate from .08 to .05.  The NTSB is trying to force the states to expand their laws allowing officers to confiscate a driver’s license when arrested for DWI….Something Texas already does.  NTSB is also… Continue Reading

Involuntary, warrantless, blood tests may be unconstitutional!

Posted in Austin DWI, Blood Test, Texas DWI Laws
 The Austin American Statesman did a good job with their article on what a new Supreme Court case may mean to DWIs.     Involuntary, warrantless, blood tests may be unconstitutional after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in MISSOURI v. MCNEELY.    The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that involuntary blood draws from drunken driving suspects can be… Continue Reading

DWI Conviction and Traveling to Canada

Posted in Austin DWI, Austin Police, Blood Test, Breath Test, Texas DWI Laws
The Canadian government has always been difficult when it comes to allowing folks with DWI conviction on their records to gain entry. The Canadian rule about entry is pretty straightforward. A person will be denied entry into Canada if they have been convicted outside of Canada of an offense that, if convicted in Canada, would constitute… Continue Reading

Changes in DWI Law in Texas

Posted in Austin DWI, Blood Test, Texas DWI Laws
As of today, September 1, two new laws go into force that deal with DWIs in Texas.  Section 724.017 of the Transportation Code is now expended to allow more situations where police can do a forced blood draw without a warrant.  Mandatory warrantless blood draws are now allowed if a person is arrested for DWI, or… Continue Reading

Travis County Hospitals and Sheriff’s Department have finally figured out that Forced Blood Draws are a bad idea. When will Chief Acevedo figure it out?

Posted in Austin DWI, Austin Police, Blood Test
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