Posts tagged "Drunk Driving"

Are designated drivers always a safe choice?

Whether you are going out to have dinner and drinks with friends or you are headed out for a night out on the town, it may be a good idea to bring a designated driver. Although designated drivers are considered part of the group, it is understood that they will not drink any alcoholic beverages. This person will then be the one who drives everyone safely to their destination. While you may feel comfortable and safe getting into a car with a designated driver, studies show that these drivers may not be as safe as some may think. In some cases, designated drivers may lead to a serious car accident.

The state's drunk driving stop and arrest process

Residents in South Carolina may hear a lot about how the state has strict laws regarding drunk driving but they may not fully understand what could be involved in a potential driving under the influence stop or subsequent arrest. It is important for drivers to know a bit about the process as it is possible for most any driver to be faced with a line of questioning from an officer who suspects the driver is impaired.

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 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.