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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.

What can be used against me in court for a DUI?

South Carolina cracks down hard on people who are accused of driving while under the influence. Because of that, the penalties can add up fast and cause you a lot of damage. Parham Law Firm, LLC, is here to help if you have been accused of a DUI related crime. Today, we'll take a look at three things to double-check from your traffic stop.

How could so many charges result from one arrest?

Have you ever been detained for a traffic offense, charged with a DUI or arrested for possession while in your vehicle? If not, you may be shocked at the number of charges the state of South Carolina might attempt to levy against you for what seems like a straightforward event. 

What should you know about implied consent laws?

South Carolina is a state that takes driving while under the influence (DUI) charges very seriously. If you are a driver who is currently facing this type of charge, you could find yourself dealing with heavy and severe penalties. Because of this, it's important to know about DUI law basics. This includes implied consent laws.

What happens after a DUI?

In South Carolina, drunk driving charges are taken very seriously. Driving while inebriated can cause grave injuries to yourself and others, and it can also cause a great deal of property damage depending on how many other vehicles are involved. From a legal perspective, those found guilty will also be faced with a variety of harsh penalties, as explained by Very Well Mind.

1 dead in alleged South Carolina drunk driving accident

Charleston, South Carolina, had gone nearly a month into the new year without a traffic fatality, but all that changed on Saturday when a drunk driver allegedly ran a stoplight and collided with another vehicle. The driver in question now faces felony charges of reckless homicide, driving under the influence resulting in great bodily injury and driving under the influence resulting in death. 

New Year's Eve checkpoint yields three arrests

People all across South Carolina are likely familiar with sobriety checkpoints. These are commonly held by law enforcement agencies over key holiday periods throughout the year. These holidays may include Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. The goal of these checkpoints may well appear to motorists to garner as many arrests for suspected drunk driving as possible. 

South Carolina tops southeast states in drunk driving deaths

A study drawing from 2017 data, which were the most recent available, shows that South Carolina ranks number two in the nation for drunk driving deaths, second only to Wyoming, and number one in the southeastern region with 6.22 deaths resulting from impaired driving per 100,000 people. The only other state in the Southeast ranked in the top five was Alabama. North Dakota and New Mexico occupied the third and fourth spots, respectively.

Drunk driving targeted with new law in Utah

Residents in South Carolina know and understand that driving a vehicle while intoxicated is not only illegal but is also dangerous and irresponsible. There are clear laws in place designed to prevent such behaviors. This, however, does not mean that every person who enjoys a casual drink or two and then drives a vehicle is negligent, careless or a habitual drunk.

Your health and field sobriety tests

If you have been stopped by officers in South Carolina and eventually questioned for potentially being intoxicated while driving, you will know just how scary this experience can be. During the investigation, you might have been asked to perform certain tests that involved you standing on one leg or walking in a specific pattern per the officer's instructions. According to FieldSobrietyTests.org, the results of these tests can be used to support arresting you and charging you with a drunk driving offense.