Houston DWI "No Refusal" Weekends - Now Every Weekend in Harris County?

According to Herman Martinez' blog, Harris County DWI "No Refusal" weekends are going to be every weekend for the next 3 years.  This should come as no surprise to any of us DWI attorneys that regularly defend those that are charged with DWI.  Apparently, the federal government has given Harris County a federal grant that funds the DWI "No Refusal" weekends.

I wonder how this will effect the crime lab that is now responsible for testing the blood that is drawn on DWI suspects?  I just received the blood results of a client that had his blood involuntarily back on July 4, 2010 - it took over 2 months to get the blood results.  Will the backlog at the Houston Police crime lab grow even larger than it already is?  Will the federal grant pay to employ more employees at the Houston crime lab to test these additional blood samples?  As always, has the government really thought through the logistics of these "No Refusal" weekends or have they hastily approved a plan that is destined to create a further backlog at the Houston Crime lab?

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USA1 - September 21, 2010 11:34 AM

No 4th Amendment Weekends.

tired dog - September 22, 2010 7:10 AM

Statist dog & pony show to convince us we really want the lege to legalize full road blocks for Texas.
Excuse me, I'm on my way to commit my 3 felonies a day.

RentALawyer - October 5, 2010 11:40 AM

Very helpful....will pass this on.

Bill Bly - November 28, 2010 11:30 AM

Thank goodness we don't have to deal with this in Maine. While the 4th Amendment has been seriously weakened with respect to DUI cases, it still has a pulse. Sounds like the 4th Amend is dead in TX.

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