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New rules require sailors to take random alcohol tests at work

Most residents of Charleston know that it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. However, according to new regulations, residents that are in certain branches of the military may need to watch their consumption of alcohol even more closely. The Navy has just announced that they will perform random alcohol tests on sailors beginning as early as next month.

The Marines made a similar announcement last month. The leaders of these organizations have come to realize the negative impacts that alcohol abuse is having on the force. According to the guidelines of the program, sailors can be randomly tested upon their arrival to work. Any sailor that has a BAC level of .04 or higher will not be allowed to work.

If their blood alcohol content test comes back with a result of .02 or higher they will not be punished but authorities say these results may still be used to suggest counseling or alcohol recovery programs.

Although a strategy such as this one seems straightforward and to be executed with good intentions, there is always the possibility that this could unnecessarily hurt the reputation or career of a sailor or marine. Experienced defense attorneys in South Carolina know that sometimes these tests do not always have the most accurate results.

It has not yet been released what type of blood alcohol testing tools the Navy and Marines will be using but even the tools that local authorities use when pulling over drunk drivers have been known to return erroneous results.

If a sailor or a Marine feels that they have returned a false positive on their random blood alcohol test and it has hurt their reputation or the advancement of their career, it is important that they defend themselves. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help to make sure that any unnecessary penalties are lifted and that no further penalties result from an erroneous blood alcohol content test.

Source: The State, "Navy: Random alcohol tests for sailors in US," Jan. 28, 2013

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