Pennsylvania Court Rules No Notice Needed For Use of Blood Sample for Criminal Proceedings
During the evening of October 22, 2008, Daniel Roger Smith, consumed approximately eight beers while watching the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 1 of the World Series. He finished drinking at 11:00 or 11:30 that night and went to bed. He awoke the next morning and, apparently feeling no ill effects from his drinking the night before, drove himself to work. Around 11:00 a.m., during the course of his work errands, Daniel was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident.
Police arrived on the scene of the accident within a short period of time and requested a blood sample from Daniel to eliminate any possibility that alcohol or controlled substance was involved. The blood sample revealed that Daniel’s blood alcohol contact was above the legal limit and he was charged with criminal offenses relating to DUI. After a long court process, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ruled that the testing for an individuals blood for the presence of drugs or alcohol following a traffic accident is valid even if the police did not inform an individual that the results of the test may be used for criminal or prosecutorial purposes.
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