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December 2012 Archives

Lexington County gives bars DUI toolkits to reduce drunk driving

Some residents of South Carolina may have heard of the group CAST. The letters stand for Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow. It is a DUI task force in Lexington County that is working to prevent drunk driving in South Carolina. One of their efforts includes the distribution of DUI toolkits to local bars over the next few months.

Head-on collision results in felony DUI charge for SC woman

It is likely that many residents of South Carolina have heard about the occurrence of a felony DUI charge or conviction in the news. However, it is a common misconception that felony DUI charges only result from fatal drunk driving accidents. In actuality, this is not always the case. In fact, this was not the case in a recent car accident that left a 22-year-old woman facing a felony DUI charge earlier this month.

The connection between high breath tests and wrong-way crashes

Drinking and driving can have a tragic outcome. A connection has recently been drawn between fatal wrong-way crashes and drivers with a high breath test. This may have an impact on how drivers facing DUI charges are punished going forward in South Carolina.

South Carolina man charged with lawnmower DUI

Charleston residents may not know that it is possible to get a DUI on a number of motor vehicles, not only cars, trucks and boats. A man from the Wellford, South Carolina, area who is currently facing drunk driving charges illustrates this fact.

South Carolina man faces third DUI charge

In most cases involving criminal charges, repeat offenses mean more severe consequences. This is true of cases where a driver facing DUI charges has a history of drunk driving convictions on his or her criminal record. A South Carolina man, a former state House candidate, was recently arrested for his third DUI.

Surfside Beach woman faces felony DUI after alleged hit-and-run

All DUI cases are tough, but when the charges meet the felony level, things become even more complicated. When a DUI charge is upgraded to a felony, it may be because a head-on collision, video evidence, serious injuries or even death are a part of the case. Any of these elements means that prosecutors are going to take the case extra seriously, and the DUI defendant should do so as well to ensure his or her rights are protected.

South Carolina cop loses job over implied consent laws

Every traffic stop for drunk driving has its own nuances and circumstances surrounding the situation. However, once a police officer pulls over a driver and reasonably believes that the driver is under the influence of alcohol, some standard rules apply to every traffic stop regardless of the circumstances. These rules are better known as implied consent laws.

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