Supreme Court Hears Implied Consent Case

The Supreme Court is expressing doubts over laws that make it a crime to refuse to take alcohol tests.

Justices heard arguments in cases challenging North Dakota and Minnesota laws that criminalize a refusal to test for alcohol, even without a search warrant.

Prosecuted drivers claim these practices violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Some justices seemed to be searching for a compromise suggesting breath tests may not need warrants because they are less invasive than blood tests.