April 2019 Archives

What is the difference between DUI and DUAC laws?

The drunk driving laws in South Carolina include two statutes, DUI and DUAC, which may be confusing. While you may face serious consequences for driving after drinking alcohol or using drugs, there are unique penalties that exist for different types of convictions. In South Carolina, the difference between DUI and DUAC charges depends mostly on blood alcohol content levels.

What court will hear my case for a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanor charges are less serious criminal charges in South Carolina. They typically carry smaller penalties than felony charges. However, the same court may hear both types of cases. It often depends on the specific charge as to what court will hear your misdemeanor case. Knowing where you will go to court can help you to prepare better for your appearance.

7-month South Carolina drug investigation results in 45 charged

Charleston County, South Carolina, ranked as the deadliest in the state for overdoses of heroin and other opioids, with more than 140 deaths, in 2017. Authorities regard the fatal overdose rate as a "massive crisis." So when tips came in to law enforcement from locals seven months ago regarding narcotics-related issues, including suspected drug houses in the community, they prompted the formation of a large investigation into drug suppliers that spanned three counties and involved authorities at the federal level as well as local levels. As of Tuesday, law enforcement has arrested and charged 45 people as a result of the investigation. Three of those cases are reportedly tied to Charleston County overdose fatalities.

What happens if you are pulled over for a DUI?

An arrest for driving under the influence in South Carolina has the potential to affect your future in significant ways, but what happens in the moments immediately after a law enforcement officer pulls you over for potential DUI? According to the Greenville News, the first step is to determine whether your blood alcohol concentration is beneath the legal limit of 0.08. To do this, the officer will conduct a series of field sobriety tests. These may include basic tests of motor skills and cognition. If you pass these tests, you are free to go.