Ohio Judges Issuing Warrants for Blood Testing DUI Suspects

By Mary Ann

Two Wayne County, Ohio judges are issuing search warrants for drivers suspected of DUI who refuse to submit to breath tests.

Municipal Judge Stuart Miller said the warrants are aimed at repeat DUI offenders because first time offenders typically consent to a breathalyzer test. Miller said he wants to cut down on the number of jury trials required for people who refuse a breath test.

Ohio is one of the leading states for excessive repeat DUI offenders, with over 38,000 drivers with five or more convictions for DUI. Ohio has criminals with more than 20 DUI convictions.

Judges can order blood drawn from drivers because Ohio is an implied-consent state, meaning that all drivers consent to a search of their blood, breath or urine when they apply for a drivers license.

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