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Police tactics used to stop drunk drivers in their tracks

Just about everyone knows that drunk driving is against the law in South Carolina. What some people might not realize is that this state uses a multifacted approach to help stop drunk drivers in their tracks. The police tactics are often the ones that get drunk drivers off the roads, while the judicial system works to issue punishments and to keep drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel again.

The use of sobriety checkpoints is one tactic that police in this state can utilize. These checkpoints must include a systemic approach to stopping vehicles to check drivers. For example, police officers might choose to stop every fourth vehicle that comes through the checkpoint.

Will dash cam footage make an impact on your DUI case?

Knowing the points that you have to think about when you are arrested for a drunk driving charge might help you when you are planning your defense. You have to remember that the penalties for these charges are very serious and should provide you with a reason to work hard on the defense.

One thing that matters in South Carolina is dash cam footage. This isn't the case in all states, but it could make a big difference in your case here.

Each point in a DUI case might be a defense point

We recently discussed some of the specific points that can come into the picture when you are arrested for drunk driving. Each of the points of your case is one that could potentially be a focus of your defense. When we review your case to determine what defense strategies to consider, we look into all of these points.

The blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test that is involved in your case is an important point. There are instances in which we can call these results into question. You have to think carefully about the circumstances of the testing so that we can determine if this is a consideration.

The amount of alcohol in your system is vitally important

When you are facing drunk driving charges, there are several different points that you need to carefully consider. One of these has to do with the blood alcohol concentration percentage that is associated with your case. This is important because it is often central to the case against you. However, that isn't the only reason it is important.

Your blood alcohol concentration percentage is a good indicator of how the alcohol is impacting your mental, physical and cognitive abilities. The higher the BAC, the more pronounced the negative impacts.

DUI defense plans might be time sensitive, so act quickly

You never know when you might face a drunk driving charge. Anytime you get behind the wheel of a vehicle, have the keys and have been drinking, you might end up in the backseat of a police car. We understand that this might not be what you want to hear, but it is important that you think carefully about what you are doing if you are heading out to drink.

In our previous blog post, we discussed how it is possible to face a charge for trying to sleep off alcohol if you are in a vehicle in a driveway. This is only one of the possibilities. The same is true if you are in a parking lot or anywhere else, as long as you in the driver's seat with the keys.

Think twice before you try to sleep off alcohol in the driveway

Many people think that they can sleep off the effects of alcohol quickly; however, this isn't the case. Alcohol is going to take the same amount of time to leave your system regardless of the steps you take to quicken the process.

One thing that many people do is to lay down in their vehicle while they try to let the effects of the alcohol lessen. Even though you might think this is a good idea, it might not be. Did you know that it is possible to face drunk driving charges if you are in a vehicle, even if the vehicle is in a driveway?

Know what to consider as a DUI defense strategy

Field sobriety tests are touted as being consistent indicators of intoxication. However, as we discussed in a previous blog post, there are some reasons why these tests might not be accurate. This is something that you might be able to call into question when you are facing a drunk driving charge.

We understand that you might feel this is something that is useless to fight. This isn't at all the case. There are many defense options that you may consider in a driving under the influence (DUI) case. These vary from one case to another, but you can review each option with us so that you have the information you need to make the best decision about the direction your case will take.

Physical and mental conditions can impact field sobriety tests

Many police departments rely on the standardized field sobriety test to make a preliminary determination about a driver's sobriety. This is something that can be a very bad situation for some people, including those who have conditions that preclude them from being able to get an accurate test result.

The one-leg stand and the walk-and-turn are likely to be impacted by physical impairments. Even a condition like obesity, which is considered being 50 pounds overweight, can lead to inaccurate results on these tests. Certain back problems, leg injuries, foot issues and inner ear problems might cause the person to not be able to perform these tests appropriately.

Plan your drunk driving defense carefully from the start

The impacts of a drunk driving case are very serious and must be carefully considered when you are planning out your defense. This can help keep you interested and working on your defense.

One thing that makes a drunk driving charge particularly difficult to handle is that you might be addicted to alcohol. This presents a problem because unless you are able kick the addiction, you might find yourself facing subsequent charges for drinking and driving.

How can I avoid alcohol if I'm addicted?

One factor that comes to light in many drunk driving cases is that the person who is facing charges is addicted to alcohol. This is something that is hard to overcome, but it isn't impossible for the people who want to get sober.

There are many different things that you can do to get sober and stay that way. While this might not get you off of the current drinking and driving charges you face, it could help you to avoid future charges. Here are some tips to help you out:

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