To most in Florence and throughout the rest of the U.S., the breathalyzer has come to be the symbol for law enforcement’s commitment to avoid the dangers posed by drunk drivers. Like those who have come to us here at the Parham Law Firm, LLC after a drunk driving arrest, you likely understand a .08 percent blood alcohol content reading as being the almost universally accepted standard for determining whether you are too impaired to drive. Yet how much confidence should be placed on such a measurement if it was attained using a breathalyzer device?
Do you know someone who has been arrested for and charged with impaired driving in South Carolina? If so and you are wanting to help that person through the defense process, it will be good for you to understand the types of tests administered during the arrest process.
While most in Florence recognize drunk driving as being a serious charge, the general assumption may be that should you be convicted of such a crime, your punishment will likely be that of a misdemeanor offense (provided that it is your first conviction). However, there are circumstances where such an offense could net you a felony charge. The question is whether or not your case meets the criteria for such a charge.
In South Carolina and all over the nation, drunk driving can have a range of negative consequences. Additionally, there are many different types of drunk driving offenses, each of which can carry its own distinct set of penalties and punishments. As a driver, it’s important for you to fully comprehend these offenses to make certain you are aware of just how serious a drunk driving charge can be.
If you find yourself charged with drunk driving in Florence, then you may have to come to grips with the idea that your driving privileges being suspended. First offenses usually net a license suspension of six months. Yet if this is a subsequent offense, or your blood-alcohol content was exceedingly high, then you may also have to participate in the state’s ignition interlock program once you are allowed to drive again.
Holidays and drinking seem to go hand-in-hand. The most popular portrayal of the holidays includes at least one drunk scene with a depressed uncle or lonely single person. Unfortunately, this is one the rare situations in which Hollywood gets reality right. The holidays do lead to increase in drinking which does increase the likelihood that people will operate vehicles while under the influence. In fact, data collected by Scram Systems, an anti-drunk driving resources, found that alcohol consumption during Thanksgiving jumps by 35 percent. Furthermore, it rises by 41 percent on Christmas, 40 percent throughout the entire holiday season and by a whopping 58 percent on New Years.
Driving Under Influence (DUI)) and Driving While Impaired (DWI) are serious offenses under the Federal Laws of the United States. In South Carolina, the law has set five levels of DUI misdemeanors.
A DUI is widely considered a misdemeanor in the U.S. It has become one of the most common charges filed against offenders. A DUI conviction essentially means you are liable for jail time and are stripped off driving privileges for a specified duration. In the worst case scenario, your reputation is shattered and could take much effort to restore it to its former glory. As a DUI offender, you are likely to experience various forms of intimidation from the Prosecution. For instance, they can threaten you with extended jail time just to see you squeal in your boots.
For college students, driving under the influence arrests are a very real issue stemming from their unique position. Many college campuses are "dry," meaning that no alcohol can be consumed or possessed on campus. College students living on campus don't have the option of drinking at their temporary "home," so this increases the risk of drunk driving.
Getting a DUI is something that no one thinks will ever happen to them. They think they are responsible, honest, hard-working people who would never violate the law. But blood alcohol levels are tricky things. You may think that a glass or two of beer or wine won't set you over the limit because "you know your body." In reality, we don't. BACs are very difficult to accurately measure in our own heads. What we feel when we have consumed alcohol often doesn't exactly match our perceived BAC.