Missouri DUI law may soon allow blood draws without a warrant

blood draw.jpgMissouri House Bill 1695, which allows the police to draw blood from a driver suspected of driving under the influence, has moved one step closer to law after passing in the House. The bill states that any person operating a motor vehicle is deemed to consent to the testing of his breath, blood, urine or saliva for purposes of determining if he is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

House Bill 1695 makes many changes to DWI laws in Missouri. The bill proposes tougher penalties for drivers driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or more. The bill also addresses communication between various police agencies, so that different agencies can be made aware of DUIs a person has received in other jurisdictions.

Missouri Senate Bill 880 is currently working its way through the Senate, and has many of the same provisions.

For a full summary of the bill, click here.