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Ladies' wine night ends in drunk driving charges for SC woman


Sometimes residents of South Carolina just need a night out with friends to get away from the stresses of their everyday lives. These gatherings are meant to be fun and carefree. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. If an individual drinks too many alcoholic beverages and then drives themselves home from one of these events, what began as a fun stress-free night with friends may end in drunk driving charges that could add even more stress to the life of the alleged drunk driver.

A 23-year-old South Carolina woman is facing a very similar situation after she attended a ladies and wine event. According to authorities, the woman crashed her vehicle into a tree shortly before midnight. After the initial impact, witnesses say they saw the woman crawl out of her vehicle. When police arrived at the scene of the accident, the woman was receiving treatment for her minor injuries.

When the officers saw the young woman, they allegedly noticed immediately that her eyes were glassy and bloodshot, that she smelled of alcohol and her speech was slurred. Police questioned the woman and she told them that she had consumed three glasses of wine in the last four or five hours.

At that point the officers administered field sobriety tests and felt that she did not pass these tests. She was then arrested and booked at a local detention center. She was charged with DUI and her bond was set at $2,267.

Being charged with a crime can be a very scary time for the defendant. The potential penalties can seem alarming and unavoidable. However, the accused individual may find comfort in knowing that there are experienced drunk driving defense attorneys in South Carolina that deal with these types of cases every day and they want to help.

Every drunk driving incident is different and depending upon the circumstances surrounding the incident, such as the driver's blood alcohol content, the resulting injuries (if any), the potential penalties may vary. However, the proper negotiation by the defendant's attorney could mean a reduction in charges, or even a dismissal.

Source: Live 5 News, "Mt. Pleasant woman charged with DUI after hitting tree, rolling car," Oct. 7, 2013

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