drunk driving Archives

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.

Man charged with DUI after refusing breath test

People in South Carolina who are charged with drunk or drugged driving offenses have the same right to defend themselves as do people arrested for other criminal offenses. This can feel difficult at times, however, because reports of these arrests often include limited details that on their own make it difficult to even consider a defendant innocent for any reason. It can also make it hard for people to remember that defendants have rights that must be respected by law enforcement officers and the criminal justice system.

BAC reading inadmissable in trial

It may be all too easy for some people in South Carolina to assume that once they are charged with a drunk driving offense that they will be convicted of the charge. However, just as with any other form of ciminal offense, there exists the ability for a person to defend themselves. Part of this defense may include protecting one's rights as well as asserting that the charges were inaccurate.

How much will a DUI really cost you?

South Carolina residents who are taken to court on DUI-related charges have a lot to consider, and a lot to potentially lose. You may not realize it, but charges related to drinking and driving can cover a wide range depending on the crime committed. In fact, you may be facing a heftier penalty than you expected.

The basics of field sobriety tests

If a South Carolina resident is under suspicion of drinking and driving, they may be asked to complete a field sobriety test. These tests are designed to determine if a person is under the influence. However, there are a lot of myths surrounding them that make it difficult for people to understand exactly what a field sobriety test is and how it works.

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.