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U.S. Supreme Court

Protects Ornery

Boozy Celebs

4/17/2013 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0417-law-blood-dui-arrestCelebrities are gonna have a field sobriety day with this one ... The U.S. Supreme Court just ruled ... it's unconstitutional for cops to forcibly draw blood from someone who was busted for DUI unless they get a warrant -- or prove a damn good reason for not getting one.

The implications here are far-reaching. If someone refuses a breathalyzer ... cops may have to take the time to write up an affidavit and get a judge to sign a warrant. That time could be enough to allow the person to sober up enough so their blood alcohol level drops below the legal limit.

There's an exception in the ruling, though ... cops can proceed without a warrant if they later prove to a judge that they had a compelling reason to do so.

Just look at the partial list of celebs who have been busted for DUI ... Lindsay LohanBobby Brown, Paris HiltonTaran Noah Smith, Mel Gibson, Chris Klein, Rick Springfield, Richie Sambora, Tracy Morgan, Vince Neil, Kiefer Sutherland, Ty Pennington, Thomas Jane,  Charles Barkley, Sam Shepard, Michelle Rodriguez, Mickey Rourke, Randy Travis, Nicole Richie, Haley Joel Osment, David Cassidy and Chad Kroeger.

It's a game changer ... bar none.

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thomas    

Typical. Wonder how much the SCOTUS was paid for the ruling? Obviously the SCOTUS doesn't care too much about how many people are killed by drunk drivers.

518 days ago
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Jake    

I am far more interested in the illegal immigrants overrunning California and most of the rest of our once fine Nation.

517 days ago
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jwoolman    

So- refusal to be tested in a timely manner is equivalent to a fail. Driving is not an inalienable right, what you do on the road affects the safety of others. That's why we license drivers. If you're not DUI, prove it with the timely breathalyzer and blood test. If you are DUI- refusing the test won't keep you out of trouble but will just prove that you're DUI.

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