October 2018 Archives

What behaviors does criminal mischief encompass?

Those who find themselves in the criminal justice system are often facing charges for drunk driving, drug and weapons charges, assault and other serious offenses. Misdemeanor crimes cover a broad range of offenses the South Carolina court system deems less serious. You might have heard the term “criminal mischief” if you have been charged with a lesser crime.

Can you refuse to submit to a breath test in South Carolina?

Many people are under the misconception that it is legal to refuse a breathalyzer test if requested of them. While laws vary from state to state, in South Carolina, it is illegal to refuse a breath test. This is in large part thanks to South Carolina's "implied consent" laws, which you can review more in-depth in South Carolina Code of Laws.

Are breath test results accurate?

If you have ever been pulled over by law enforcement officers alongside a South Carolina roadside on suspicion of drunk driving, you may have been asked to submit to a breath test. Law enforcement officers use these breath tests to analyze your blood alcohol level and determine whether you are driving under the influence of alcohol. Since officers cannot take a blood sample to test the level of alcohol in your system on the side of the road, the breath test serves as an alternative. However, the readings received from breath test devices may not be accurate.

IID rules under attack

If you have been arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense in South Carolina, you may be wondering if you will have to install and use an ignition interlock device. This is an understandable concern as these devices can be very expensive and all costs are your responsibility under the law. This includes the costs to have the system installed and eventually removed as well as any leasing and calibration fees along the way.

Alcohol at parties can lead to college fights and assault charges

College kids are notorious for loving to throw big parties, try new things and learn through experience. While college students are generally more mature than the typical teenager, they still do not have a fully formed frontal lobe. In other words, consequences for their actions aren't always the first consideration on their mind.