Charleston DUI Law Blog

Can you really be charged with boating under the influence?

The simple answer to this question is yes. Boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or drugs is a crime in South Carolina. A rise in fatal boating accidents in recent years led to changes in both federal and state laws to make it illegal to be impaired while driving a boat.

This means that state and federal marine patrols may pull over a boat if they suspect that its driver is impaired. In some places, BUI checkpoints are conducted to let boaters know not to drive their boats drunk. Officials may also take the opportunity to inform boaters of the dangers of being impaired while driving a boat and that they may actually be arrested for it.

What should I know about blood alcohol tests in South Carolina?

Here in South Carolina, many people have had to face DUI charges, and many more will in the future. Those who do may know how seriously the crime is considered, though they may not know about related aspects, such as how sobriety is determined. While field sobriety tests are often utilized, tests that measure blood alcohol content are frequently used to determine if a person is inebriated. The results of these blood alcohol tests may be used in criminal proceedings, so it can be beneficial to know what they are, how they work and what it might mean for a person’s case.

Though several different bodily samples can be used to determine intoxication, police normally use breath analysis or blood screening -- sometimes both. Older breathalyzers typically compare a sample from a suspect to a control sample, though newer models measure the alcohol content of a person’s breath. They are not as accurate as a blood sample, though some who are accused of DUI will not subject to a blood draw.

South Carolina man taken into custody for alleged DUI

Being charged with DUI can be a definite low point in someone’s life. As a result, they may look upon that mistake with regret and hope that they can find the best legal routes that could help them navigate their situation. Doing research regarding their particular DUI circumstances and exploring their options could help them make the choices that they feel is most beneficial.

A man in South Carolina may be hoping to find helpful information on his situation after he was recently taken into custody. It was reported that authorities reportedly received a call about a person sleeping behind the wheel of a vehicle. When authorities arrived at the scene, they allegedly found the man in a stopped vehicle that was in the roadway.

South Carolina man charged with felony DUI

When a person in South Carolina is faced with a DUI charge, he or she may not be aware of just how seriously these types of cases are considered by prosecutors. The prosecution will typically use any available evidence in an attempt to obtain a conviction, which could result in fines, probation, revocation of one’s driver’s license or even incarceration. Those who are charged with felony DUI have the potential to face particularly harsh punishment if they are found guilty. This is what one young man is facing after he was charged with felony DUI for a fatal accident he allegedly caused.

Police say that the accident happened on a recent afternoon when a 20-year-old man was traveling in his SUV. He allegedly hit a Jeep, causing an accident that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl. Police have not disclosed specific details regarding exactly how the crash occurred, though they have said the girl died at the scene.

South Carolina man arrested for DUI, assault

A South Carolina man was recently arrested after authorities claim that he assaulted a state trooper. In addition to the assault charge, he has also been accused of DUI. It is unclear what led police to determine that the driver had been operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

During a traffic stop, a local state trooper had the driver exit his vehicle. Although it was not immediately apparent as to why, the trooper began to place the driver under arrest. At that point, he claims that the driver retaliated, and the two became involved in a physical scuffle.

Man faces DUI and child endangerment charges in South Carolina

Getting accused of driving while intoxicated can be alarming and even embarrassing. The person who faces DUI charges, however, has the right to defend himself or herself against the formal accusations. One man recently found himself in this scenario after being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in South Carolina.

Reportedly, the police pulled the man over near U.S. Route 1 in Kershaw County. They suspected that he had been drinking. After stopping his car, the authorities say that they discovered three children in his vehicle.

Man facing DUI charges for "driving" lawnmower

In many cases, the events that precede an arrest for drunk driving fall along predictable lines. Individuals in South Carolina and elsewhere make a number of decisions between having a drink and operating a motor vehicle. There are instances, however, in which DUI charges can follow a different set of choices. Such may be the case for one man who finds himself facing a DUI charge after “driving” a riding lawnmower in the western United States.

The case is unusual in that not only does it involve a less traditional form of transport, but also due to the fact that the alleged “driver” was not in (or on) the vehicle when police apprehended him. According to police, multiple witnesses reported seeing a man driving a riding lawnmower down a roadway in the wrong direction. They believe that he visited two bars before being arrested and charged with DUI.

Woman charged with DUI that damaged multiple parked cars

South Carolina readers may be aware of media coverage surrounding an unusual drunk driving arrest in Socastee. The story is rare in that it centers on an arrest made after an automobile accident, and with the alleged driver in a different location than the wrecked vehicle. Faced with DUI and other charges, one woman is in the beginning stages of what may turn out to be a complicated legal battle.

The crash took place during nighttime hours. Police believe that a vehicle traveling on Socastee Boulevard crossed that road before striking a power pole. It is assumed that the car then went airborne in order to clear a ditch before crashing into multiple cars parked on an automotive sales lot. The vehicle then caught fire, leading firefighters to the scene to extinguish the flames.

DUI charges only the beginning for this mother

When a South Carolina resident is arrested drunk driving charges, a number of actions are set into motion. He or she will have an immediate need to take a legal stance, beginning with whether or not a release from jail can be obtained. Beyond that, it is necessary to create legal strategy to handle the DUI charges, and to attempt to mitigate or avoid the serious punitive measures that accompany such charges.

For one South Carolina woman, being charged with DUI is only a part of her current legal issues. After being arrested for allegedly driving drunk with two children in the car, she is also facing charges of child endangerment and driving without a license. Should she be convicted on these charges, she could face a wide range of negative repercussions, including a lengthy jail sentence.

Man faces DUI after crashing into power pole in South Carolina

Driving a motor vehicle always comes with a certain amount of risk. This can come from other drivers or random obstacles on the road. However, these risks are multiplied for those who end up making the mistake of drinking and driving. It’s possible this was the case in a recent car accident in South Carolina, which resulted in a driver being charged with a DUI.

The incident happened at approximately 12:35 a.m. in late July when a 25-year-old man was driving his vehicle down the road. The man was behind the wheel of his 1995 Toyota when, for some reason, he drove off the road. After his vehicle left the road, it ran into a power pole.

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