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.
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.
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.
South Carolina residents who are arrested for drinking and driving will likely face the possibility of damaging penalties. At Parham Law Firm, LLC, we work to help prove whether or not your arrest and subsequent charges will hold up in court.
Teenagers may not always think about the ramifications of drunk driving. It is important for them to understand, though, that teenagers in South Carolina are subject to zero tolerance laws and that receiving an underage DUI can have serious consequences.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As many in South Carolina know, having a drunk driving conviction is no laughing matter. Now, in addition to the conventional punishments, some drivers are being monitored by new technologies developed to fight drunk driving.