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Know your rights when you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI

South Carolina law takes a harsh stance against drunk driving. Most people can understand the need for these laws. If you end up having to drive after you have been drinking, there is chance that you will be pulled over by a law enforcement officer. This might occur because the law enforcement officer observes you driving in a manner that is consistent with drunk driving.

We know that being pulled over for any reason is an unnerving experience. When you know that you have had a couple of beers or other alcoholic beverages, the situation seems much worse. If you are pulled over for the suspicion of drunk driving, you should know a couple of basic points.

What happens when blood alcohol level reaches .08?

Any amount of alcohol in your system starts to impair you. Even with a blood alcohol level of only .02, you probably feel more relaxed than normal and your judgment is slightly impaired. By the time you reach .08, though, the impact can be much more severe.

Commonly, at .08 blood alcohol level, individuals experience poor muscle coordination. That doesn't just mean you stumble a bit. It also means your reaction time is worse than normal and your senses, including vision and hearing, can be impaired. Since speech is governed by many small muscle movements, you begin to slur words.

2 on motorcycle killed by drunk driver

A 35-year old man was allegedly drunk behind the wheel when he crashed his 2005 Nissan Altima into the back of a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Two people on the motorcycle were killed in the crash.

According to reports from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the crash happened very early in the morning, at about 2:45 a.m. It took place on State Highway 28, about a mile to the west of the town of Anderson and close to State Highway 24.

4th of July DUI Checkpoints: What You Need To Know

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Due to its reputation as the deadliest holiday weekend of the year, law enforcement in the Charleston area and throughout South Carolina set up DUI checkpoints before, during, and right after the 4th of July weekend. While the goal of these checkpoints is to promote public safety, it is all-too-common for police officers to be a bit over-eager in their desire to protect people. When this happens and the rules regarding DUI checkpoints are not followed, it's innocent drivers who suffer.

Underage drinking can lead to serious problems

Drunk driving charges pose problems for adults. When a person who hasn't yet turned 21 years old opts to drive after drinking alcohol, the problems that they can face are often very serious. Zero-tolerance laws mean that a person who is under 21 can face legal issues even if they have a blood-alcohol concentration that is below the .08 percent that is the limit for adults.

For people who are under the legal drinking age, the limit for BAC is .02 percent in South Carolina. This means that the limit is a lot lower. In some cases, even something like a glass of wine might lead to criminal charges if you are under 21 and drive after having that wine.

Woman charged with DUI in crash that claims 1

A woman is facing charges for causing an accident that claimed the life of a 23-year-old woman. According to prosecutors, the woman responsible for the accident was traveling at a high rate of speed and passing vehicles on the left and the right on Interstate 77 near Rock Hill, North Carolina.

The woman facing charges crashed into another vehicle and both vehicles sailed down an embankment. The fatally injured woman had to be cut from the car before a helicopter could take her to a Charlotte hospital. She would have turned 24 in just a few days.

Felony DUI charges aren't laughing matters

Any felony charge, even a felony DUI, is a serious matter. The last thing that you want to happen is being labeled as a felon for the rest of your life because you made a mistake. If you decided to drive home after a night of drinking, you might be facing that exact situation.

We know that you might be shocked to find out that your drunk driving charge is a felony charge instead of a misdemeanor charge. The felony classification is possible if there are extenuating circumstances in your case. This circumstance might be that you caused a fatal accident or that you had a very high blood-alcohol concentration level when you took a chemical test.

Do I have to take a breath test if I'm asked to do so?

There are several different methods that law enforcement officers can use to determine if a person has been drinking and driving. One of the options that is available is the breath test, which is commonly referred to as the Breathalyzer. This test helps to determine what your blood alcohol concentration is at the time of the traffic stop.

Do I have to take a breath test if a law enforcement officer asks me to take one?

Don't let a day of fun in the sun get ruined by a DUI

When you are out on the waterways in South Carolina, your focus is probably having a good time. If that good time involves alcohol, you should make sure that someone in the watercraft is sober so that your day of fun in the sun isn't ruined by a boating while intoxicated charge.

South Carolina laws take a very harsh stance against the use of alcohol prior to or during the operation of any motor vehicle. Motor vehicles, such as boats or jet skis, that operate on the waterways are included in the drunk driving laws that the state has.

Can I face charges for driving after using drugs or medications?

When you think of driving under the influence, you might assume that alcohol is the substance that you are under the influence of. That isn't always the case. It is possible for a person to face criminal charges for driving under the influence of drugs, even if those drugs are over-the-counter medications or prescription medications.

What kinds of drugs are associated with driving under the influence?

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