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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.

These situations may be tough cases to battle in court. However, no matter how difficult the case, the accused driver still deserves to have his rights protected and present a strong defense.

The man was reportedly involved in an early morning crash at a South Carolina intersection last month. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, the man allegedly smelled of alcohol. The officers therefore administered a field sobriety test. He was then arrested for DUI. His court date has been set for mid-December.

In South Carolina, the consequences for DUI convictions become increasingly punitive with each reoccurring conviction. However, every conviction is accompanied by an automatic suspension of driving privileges. For a first offense conviction the suspension timeframe is six months and the most severe penalty is a permanent revocation. A third offense conviction can potentially come with a two-year suspension without provisional driving privileges.

Although a defendant should take the charges and potential penalties very seriously, they should not be intimidated by them nor should they be intimidated by prosecution or police. Every defendant has rights under the United States Constitution that must be upheld. If these rights are not upheld, this may be uncovered by a defense attorney and may lead to a less punitive outcome for the defendant.

In addition, there are other defense tactics in DUI cases that have the potential to allow for mitigated consequences. An experienced attorney will employ these tactics and put in the time and effort to provide an effective defense.

Source: CarolinaLive.com, "Former SC House candidate arrested a third time," Tanya Brown, Nov. 30, 2012

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