Unconstitutionally criminalizing the refusal of a search

Case Description

The ACLU-MN filed an amicus brief in a case that deals with a Minnesota statute that criminalizes refusal of a blood or urine test for alcohol. The ACLU-MN argues that the Minnesota statute is unconstitutional and should be struck down.  In their brief, the ACLU-MN argues that no Minnesotan should be subject to such a search without at least the safeguard of a warrant.

In the case itself, Ryan Thompson was convicted of a crime for refusing a search. The Minnesota Court of Appeals overturned the conviction and the ACLU is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court uphold the conviction.



Bruce Jones and Peter Routhier, Faegre Baker Daniels

Date filed

May 2, 2016


Minnesota Supreme Court