Not everyone arrested on DUI charges in the Mount Pleasant and Summerville area of South Carolina is an alcoholic. In fact, many of these people are innocent of the charges, and with an experienced defense attorney they will often win their cases. However, a recent study shows that of those convicted of DUI, about half of them do have alcohol or drug dependency problems.
June 2012 Archives
Not too long ago in our Charleston DUI Law Blog, we wrote about how drunk driving charges can have an effect on career opportunities. In that post, we discussed the firing of a Tabor City assistant fire chief after he was charged with a DUI. This week, in Aiken County, South Carolina, a sheriff's deputy was fired immediately after he was arrested for drunk driving.
Several months ago in our Charleston DUI Law Blog, we discussed problems with the accuracy of breath tests, which measure blood alcohol content, in Washington, D.C. In that case, the breath tests were actually taken out of the field altogether when inconsistencies were reported with several of the devices.
Charleston area "Lost" fans may have heard last month that Matthew Fox, the star of the popular television series, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. He was reportedly on his way to a fast food restaurant in Oregon when he was pulled over by police for failing to stay in his lane. Officers then arrested him and he was charged with driving under the influence and driving without a license.
A drunk driving conviction in South Carolina results in not only short-term penalties, like fines and possibly jail time, but also long-term consequences in the way of compromised career opportunities.