On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Felony DUI on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Many South Carolina residents try to drive their best when they encounter police vehicles out on the roads. They reduce their speeds, make sure to use their traffic signals and put their cell phones down and out of view. Many undertake these practices in the hope that they will avoid catching the attention of officers and possibly getting traffic citations.
One South Carolina man allegedly failed to notice a police officer's vehicle when he apparently crashed into it, killing the officer inside as well as the officer's police dog. As a result of his alleged actions, the man has been charged with two felony DUI charges -- reckless homicide and aggravated drunk driving. He also faces a misdemeanor DUI charge.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
The holidays have officially arrived and many South Carolina residents are looking forward to fun get-togethers with family and friends. Many started their celebrations over Thanksgiving and will continue the festivities right through New Year's Day. Though most will ride out the end of the year with good memories and great experiences, others will find themselves facing serious DUI charges from increased drunk driving enforcement.
All across the country and right here in the state many people have started referring to the day before Thanksgiving as "Blackout Wednesday," making a play on words out of the "Black Friday" designation given to the biggest shopping day of the year. Since many people do not have to work on Thanksgiving and many college-aged students are home for the holiday, drinking on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is becoming a highly popular trend.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Blood Alcohol Tests on Friday, November 29, 2013.
Every situation involving drunk driving charges is different from the next. In addition to the differences, some DUI cases are more challenging than others. These cases may require very careful research and very pointed and specific arguments. One of these types of challenging cases is when drivers are suspected of driving while under the influence and the blood alcohol content testing shows they have a BAC of higher than .15 percent.
A high breath test means that a driver may be subject to the automatic revocation of their driver's license for at least 60 days. The automatic revocation is just the beginning of the penalties. A South Carolina man may be facing these very penalties right now. The 29-year-old man has been charged with driving under the influence and a DataMaster test at the scene of the accident registered a BAC of .23 percent, which is nearly three times the legal limit.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, November 27, 2013.
As previous posts in this blog have discussed, there are certain legislative measures that have been pushed to pass this year. Many of these measures concern the consequences that individuals face after they are charged with a DUI. Two of these initiatives -- Emma's Law and a bill known as H. 3191 -- have earned their advocates accolades from the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving, also known as MADD.
Emma's Law suggests an additional requirement for drivers believed to have a blood alcohol content of .12 percent or more. That requirement would mean the installation of an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. The bill known as H. 3191 would penalize drivers accused of operating a moped while under the influence of alcohol.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Felony DUI on Friday, November 22, 2013.
Anyone's life can change in an instant. The change may be for the better or for the worse and there are many different situations that can lead up to or cause this change. When residents of South Carolina consumes alcohol and then gets behind the wheel of their car they may not realize that, if they have consumed more than legally allowable, their life may be about to take a turn for the worse.
A 20-year-old resident of South Carolina has experienced this type of change first hand. After an accident that occurred while he was driving his vehicle at around 1:00 a.m. he was charged with two counts of felony DUI. A DUI conviction is usually accompanied by serious penalties that can have a tremendously negative impact on the life of the alleged drunk driver. This is why it is very important to seek the counsel of a drunk driving defense attorney as soon as the charges are filed or pressed.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Felony DUI on Wednesday, November 20, 2013.
Many previous postings in this blog have discussed the varying levels of severity of drunk driving charges. When a driver is charged with driving under the influence, it is often a misdemeanor. However, under certain circumstances the charges may be upgraded to a felony. Those circumstances may be one or more of the following:
Death of another individual
Serious bodily harm to another individual
High blood alcohol content
A South Carolina woman is facing felony DUI charges after her involvement in an accident that has left a moped driver in the hospital with serious injuries.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Felony DUI on Friday, November 15, 2013.
Readers in South Carolina that have seen previous postings may believe that there are not many situations scarier than facing a criminal charge for drinking while driving and causing an accident that led to either the severe harm or death of another individual. This may very well be true. A South Carolina man that is currently facing two felony DUI charges may be experiencing this very fear.
It is important that those facing criminal charges understand that they are not alone and that there are attorneys in South Carolina that want to help them work through their situation.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Wednesday, November 13, 2013.
Legislation involving drunk driving is an ever-changing area of law in many states. The changes many states are contemplating involve the installation and ignition interlock devices and other consequences that result when a driver is charged with a crime and convicted for drunk driving. In 2009, the state of South Carolina passed legislation stating that a Breathalyzer test must be administered within two hours of a driver's arrest.
A South Carolina man that was arrested for drunk driving in 2008 recently tried to challenge his case by claiming that this statute, passed into legislation the year after his arrest, should retroactively apply to his case. The arrest occurred at the 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally. According to police reports, the man allegedly failed to yield the right-of-way to a motorcyclist when making a left hand turn.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Drunk Driving Charges on Friday, November 8, 2013.
Many residents of South Carolina likely assume that police officers are only on the issuing side of DUI charges and never on the receiving side. However, this is a false assumption. Police officers are not immune from being charged with a crime and when they are it may have a very negative impact on their reputation and career. This is why drunk driving charges that have been pressed against a member of the police force should be taken very seriously and handled very carefully.
A South Carolina police officer has recently found himself in this very position. The 30-year-old officer was arrested shortly before 4:00 on a Saturday morning when the county's Traffic Safety Unit saw his vehicle driving erratically down the road. They initiated a traffic stop and, according to authorities, the man had an open container in his vehicle. They also believe he was driving under the influence of alcohol.
On behalf of John Drennan of Drennan Law Firm posted in Felony DUI on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.
As residents of South Carolina who have read previous postings in this blog are likely aware, driving while under the influence of alcohol can come with some very severe consequences. In South Carolina, the legal limit for a driver's blood alcohol content is .08. If a driver is pulled over by authorities or is involved in a car accident and their BAC is over this legal limit, they may face charges for drunk driving.
Drunk driving charges can be issued in varying levels of severity. Some charges are misdemeanors while others are felonies. The severity of the potential consequences has a direct relationship with the severity of the charges. Take, for instance, a South Carolina man who is currently facing felony DUI charges for his alleged involvement in an accident that caused the death of another driver.