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Bexar County – No Refusal Weekends

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Come on vacation, leave on probation, goes the old joke. Bexar County District Attorney has announced that all weekends will be “no refusal” weekends. Blood will be drawn from DWI suspects who refuse to submit to the county’s breath test program.

So goes the story.

The factor often left out of the story:  Judges will be required to find probable cause before the warrants should issue.  Hopefully, those duties won’t be abdicated. Further, let’s hope that the media follows up to see:  (1) what happens to these cases when they go to court? (2)  when will officers NOT ask for a blood draw?  One can imagine a case where the officer might not want his “papers graded” by a machine.  (3) In that vein, will arrest numbers go down?