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Underage drunk driver refuses to take breath test

Residents of South Carolina are able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage without being charged of a crime as long as they enjoy it in a way that obeys the state's alcohol consumption laws. However, consuming alcohol in an illegal way can result in criminal charges and, in some cases, a conviction, which means a criminal record. Some charges involving alcohol consumption are more serious than others and therefore have more serious or immediate consequences.

Some illegal behavior dealing with alcohol includes drinking while driving, underage drinking and when a driver refuses to take a breath test. Unfortunately, a South Carolina driver was accused of allegedly committing all of these crimes in one evening.

A 20-year-old South Carolina girl was driving down Shem Creek Bridge in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina shortly before 2:00 AM on a Sunday morning. It was then when she allegedly struck a palm tree along the median of the road, lost control of her vehicle and hit the bridge railing. According to authorities that responded to the scene of the accident, the driver's side tire of the SUV was hanging off the side of the bridge and swaying back and forth.

Upon arriving at the scene of the accident, the driver allegedly told authorities that she had lost control of her vehicle and that she'd consumed one beer before getting behind the wheel of her vehicle. She refused to take a field sobriety test and also was accused of refusing a Breathalyzer at the police station.

According to South Carolina implied consent laws, any driver who refuses to take a breath test may be subject to an immediate license suspension or revocation for at least 60 days but possibly longer. In situations like this, the driver accused of violating the law may feel like all odds are against them. However, seeking the assistance of a South Carolina drunk driving defense attorney can make the situation seem more hopeful. An attorney may be able to obtain a lesser charge or, in some cases, have the charges dropped altogether.

Source: ABC News 4, "Police: Drunken underage driver plows into Shem Creek Bridge," April 15, 2013

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