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Date of Show:Fri 11th November
The Oregon Supreme Court is considering whether law enforcement officers are required to ensure that drunk driving suspects – even if they don’t speak English – understand what happens if they refuse to take a breath or blood test. Steve Best has more…
Under Oregon law, getting a driver’s license implies consent to such tests. Refusal to comply can lead to a fine and immediate loss of the license. The refusal can also be used as evidence in a drunk driving trial.
In a recent case in Eastern Oregon, a public defender says a Spanish speaker didn’t understand a warning in English about the consequences of a refusal so the refusal should not have been used in evidence.
The state argues that forcing officers to figure out if a suspect understands a warning complicates the arrest process.