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Cameras and IIDs

If a person has been arrested for a suspected drunken driving offense in South Carolina, they will want to get educated about their defense options and any potential penalties they could face if they are eventually convicted of an impaired driving charge. One penalty that may be associated with a driving under the influence charge is the required use of an ignition interlock device. 

Some say DUI laws need an overhaul

Residents in South Carolina who are arrested for suspected drunk driving should know that there are many factors that may contribute to the future outcome of their cases. Certainly evidence that may be used against them could include breath, blood or urine tests results showing a blood alcohol content at the time of their arrest. They may also have been asked to participate in field sobriety tests and these results may contribute to the case outcome. 

Potentially drugged driver kills 11-year-old

When most people in South Carolina think about driving under the influence they think about drunk driving. Certainly, this is a huge danger to people every day yet it is not the only one they face. Drugged drivers also put innocent people at risk and may be charged with a DUI even if they have not consumed alcohol because drugs can impair a person to a point of rendering them unable to safely operate a vehicle. 

Reviewing some consequences of underage DUI charges

When someone finds themselves in court over drunk driving, they may be unsure of how the charges will affect their future. There are many consequences associated with DUI charges and each person's situation is unique. For some people, such as those who have been charged with driving under the influence previously and teenagers who have not reached the legal drinking age, there are additional considerations. Underage drunk driving charges can be disastrous with regard to a young person's future and they can also bring a great deal of stress into a family.

Breath test responsibilities on law enforcement

If you are one of the many responsible citizens of South Carolina who has ever been questioned by law enforcement about potential drunk driving, you may well have been asked to submit to a breath test. The state does have what is called an implied consent law which means that anyone who accepts a driver's license in essence agrees to provide a breath sample when requested. However, this does not mean that every breath test is completely accurate or that a result over the 0.08 percent legal limit guarantees you will be convicted of driving under the influence. 

Substance testing for commercial drivers

People who live and work in South Carolina know that the state has some very tough laws in place regarding driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Most of the laws people are aware of pertain to individuals driving with standard licenses. When it comes to truckers and others with commercial driving licenses, there is an even greater level of oversight that everyone holding a CDL in South Carolina should be aware of.

DUI vs. DUAC

The number .08 holds significance for many in Florence. That is the blood-alcohol concentration that is almost universally accepted as the standard for determining whether one is legally drunk. Like many of those that we here at the Parham Law Firm, LLC have worked with in the past, you probably assume that if that number is associated with your name, a DUI charge is forthcoming. South Carolina, however, is unique from several other states in the fact that the .08 BAC level is not exclusively associated with DUI. 

Highlighting how alcohol escapes the body through one's breath

Most in Florence may assume that roadside breathalyzer tests are actually the chemical breath tests referred to in the state's implied consent law (and thus may also believe that they are compelled to submit to them). Breathalyzer tests are actually preliminary alcohol screenings that are not as accurate as chemical testing (indeed, research data shared by the National Motorists Association shows that they have an error rate as large as 50 percent). Because of this wider margin for error, drivers are not required to take them. Yet understanding which breath tests are required by law may be secondary to an even larger question: How does one's breath offer a clue as to what is in their blood? 

Woman no longer facing drunk driving charge

When a person in South Carolina is involved in a wreck or stopped by an officer for some other purpose, they may end up being questioned about any potential alcohol consumption. This line of questioning may lead to them being asked to participate in field sobriety tests and maybe even a blood or breath test to objectively measure their blood alcohol content.

A DUI doesn't have to prevent getting a job

Among the many things that people in South Carolina who get convicted of drunk driving offenses must be concerned with is their future ability to get a job. Even though it may only be a misdemeanor, a driving under the influence charge is a criminal offense that may show up on a background check. In today's world, background checks are standard parts of the hiring process for most employers.