drunk driving Archives

Obesity and field sobriety tests

Most people in South Carolina have likely heard or read headlines and stories about the problem of obesity facing our nation. In addition to concerns about people's health if they are overweight, there may also be concerns when it comes to criminal charges involving drunk driving. If you are carrying some extra pounds and are one of the many drivers who grabs a beer after work or enjoys a glass of wine when out to dinner and then drives home, you should learn about this.

Avoid letting a college pastime turn into a DUI

For you and many other South Carolina residents, the beginning of this school year has been an exciting and busy time. Life in college is different from life at home as a high school student. You are treated as an adult now, and you can take part in adult activities that may have been frowned upon when you lived at home – particularly social drinking. While our team at the Parham Law Firm, LLC, believe you should be able to have fun with your friends, we feel it is important to warn you about the risks you face when alcohol is involved.

Man successfully defends against DUI charge

South Carolina residents may understandably feel concerned that if they are arrested for and charged with a drunk driving offense. Reports about tough laws and harsh penalties seem to give little reason for people to believe they could successfully defend themselves against the charges. This is one reason that people need to be made aware of times when a defense does manage to lead to a person's charges being dropped or to a not guilty verdict.

Drunk driving checkpoint viability questioned

Most people in South Carolina have seen or heard reports of checkpoints set up by police officers to try and catch alleged drunk drivers. These checkpoints are often set up at or near key holidays like New Year's Eve or Fourth of July. They may also be established at random times. This particular method of attempting to target people for specific violations has been the subject of some debate recently in neighboring North Carolina.

Jury still out on Uber's effectiveness against drunk driving

As more communities in South Carolina and across the country have ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft available, many hope that they will help to lower the rates of drunk driving on the streets in their communities. Yet studies have not proven decisive on whether or not this is the case.

What is an ignition interlock device?

People in South Carolina who have been arrested for suspected drunk driving will need to learn quickly the laws and penalties that may apply to them. This will be important as they move through the defense process. As explained by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, one of the consequences for drivers who are convicted of some driving under the influence charges is the required use of an ignition interlock device.

Field sobriety test accuracy rates

Have you recently been charged with a drunk driving offense in South Carolina? Maybe you know someone who has been in this predicament and want to be able to offer support to them. In either case, one of the things you will want to learn about is the accuracy rates or lack thereof associated with the various tests used by officers.