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Teen Challenges Michigan's Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

Teen Challenges Michigan's Warrantless Breathalyzer Law.jpgShould the police be required to obtain a warrant to administer a breathalyzer test for minors suspected of drinking or being in possession of alcohol? Michigan high school student Cassie Guthrie believes a warrant should be required. The honor student has recently challenged the constitutionality of a Michigan civil law that punishes anyone under the age of 21 who refuses to submit to a warrantless breathalyzer test. Guthrie claims that the law violates her 4th Amendment right to be free from an unreasonable search and seizure.

SCOTUS DUI Machine Ruling - Breathalyzer Machines Are Generally Accurate

Thumbnail image for breathalyzerThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently rejected a motorist's challenge to the reliability of the machine used in California to test the blood alcohol content (BAC) of drivers. The justices denied review of a state Superior Court ruling that concluded that the machines are accurate and can be used to determine if whether a driver's BAC was over the legal limit of .08%.