Posted on 10/18/2017, 12:20:53 PM by JP1201
In a new ruling, the Supreme Court of Georgia clarified the rights drivers suspected of DUI have when it comes to interaction with law enforcement officers and the implied consent law.
The court made it clear that the state’s constitution does not give law enforcement officers the ability to compel drivers suspected of driving under the influence to take a breath test by blowing into a breathalyzer.
It brings to question whether or not a defendant’s refusal of a breath test can be submitted as evidence in their trial. As it stands, prosecutors can submit a defendants’ refusal of the test. This new ruling changes that.
In a summary of the ruling, the high court wrote “the state constitution’s protection against compelled self-incrimination applies not only to testimony but also to acts that generate incriminating evidence.”
In a unanimous decision, the court overturned previous decisions which held that drivers do not have rights under the constitution to refuse a breath test requested by law enforcement officers.
(Excerpt) Read more at 13wmaz.com …