I originally intended to blog about the April 2013 decision of the United States Supreme Court in Missouri v. McNeely. (I’ll do that in a future blog.) But, while doing research, I was once again shocked at the number of newspaper articles and attorneys that don’t understand “implied consent.”
An oft repeated refrain goes something like this:
“It’s called the implied consent law and everyone signs the form when they get their driver’s license.”
One article goes on to state that many people do not remember when they signed this form. What surprises me, is that anyone DOES remember signing the form in Virginia since no such form exists!
“Implied” legally means “it never actually happened.” If you did sign a form, then Virginia would have “express” written consent to chemically test you. Further, Virginia Code § 18.2-268.2 says that simply by driving on a highway in Virginia that you are “deemed” to have consented to have a blood or breath test. That is, you never really consented so the State will “deem” you to have consented.
Sometimes common sense calls for implying consent. For example, the law implies an acceptance of a gift once the gift is used. That makes common sense: if you wanted to reject the gift, you certainly wouldn’t unwrap it and start to use it. However, the link between driving and agreeing to have your blood drawn is not common sense. No one starts their car down the highway in the morning thinking, “I’ve just agreed to give blood.”
It’s not fair. That’s my best guess why citizens (and even some attorneys or their web developers) assume that you must have signed something, sometime. If you have been charged with a DWI, then you need a DWI attorney to protect your rights from this and all the other “Constitutional exceptions to DUI.”
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