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Can NYS use a blood alcohol test against me without my consent if I am unconscious or put unconscious by paramedics?

Hemlock, NY |
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If they have a search warrant, it is lawful.

Joseph A. Lo Piccolo, Esq.
Immediate Past President, Criminal Courts Bar Association 11'-12'
Hession Bekoff & Lo Piccolo
1103 Stewart Ave, Suite 200
Garden City, NY 11530
516-408-3666 (o) / 516-408-3833 (f)

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If you are taken to the hospital after a motorcycle accident they can and will take blood it sounds like against you will is pretty disrespectful to the paramedics who treated you further as a mc rider for 30years it also sounds like no helmet whic is also stupid

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Was it taken for treatment or for use in a criminal proceeding? The law has a section that says every driver is deemed to consent to a blood alcholol test so if there was probable cause the police could have gotten a warrant to draw your blood.

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If the blood was taken at the request of the police and given to them without a warrant it should not be usable against you. But this would be subject to a "suppression" hearing at which the presiding judge would determine whether the prosecution can use the blood.

If the blood was taken by the paramedics or the hospital for treatment purposes, then the blood sample can be obtained by the police and tested. However, the police cannot get the results of the blood tests done by the hospital. Hospitals usually will test a blood sample of an ER patient for alchhol or drugs before administering treatment.