BREAKING NEWS Police: Death investigation underway after body found in Albert Lea Full Story

In Minnesota DWI case, lawyer is not a right if police have warrant

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a suspected impaired driver does not have a limited right to an attorney before submitting to a blood test if police have a search warrant.

Posted: Jul 10, 2019 12:23 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a suspected impaired driver does not have a limited right to an attorney before submitting to a blood test if police have a search warrant.

Wednesday's decision comes in the case of a woman arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in 2017 in Dakota County. A deputy got a warrant for a blood sample, but she tried to get those results tossed from the case because she wasn't given the chance to talk with a lawyer.

Prior case law found that a driver has a limited right to consult with an attorney before submitting to a blood test, but the Supreme Court says this case is different because police had a warrant, and a warrant protects rights of the accused.

Three justices disagreed with the majority.

Article Comments

Mason City
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 89° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 89°
Albert Lea
Clear
84° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 88°
Austin
Clear
86° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 87°
Charles City
Clear
82° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 86°
Rochester
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 85°
Summer heat is here to stay as we inch closer to the start of fall
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Law Enforcement Exposed to Chemicals

Image

Day on the Farm

Image

Interview With Alan Pedersen

Image

Albert Lea Death Investigation

Image

Spring and summer rain impacting fall colors

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Tuesday

Image

Rochester teacher receives big honor

Image

Mayo sweeps Farmington

Image

Century falls to Northfield in OT

Image

Austin downs Lourdes in section title rematch

Community Events