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South Carolina man facing two felony DUI charges

Readers in South Carolina that have seen previous postings may believe that there are not many situations scarier than facing a criminal charge for drinking while driving and causing an accident that led to either the severe harm or death of another individual. This may very well be true. A South Carolina man that is currently facing two felony DUI charges may be experiencing this very fear.

It is important that those facing criminal charges understand that they are not alone and that there are attorneys in South Carolina that want to help them work through their situation.

This man was involved in a collision around 1:00 in the morning. The man was traveling in his truck behind another vehicle. According to police reports the driver of the other vehicle was attempting to make a left-hand turn into a private driveway when the alleged drunk driver tried to pass on the left side on a double yellow line.

The driver of the other vehicle suffered fatal injuries as a result of the accident. The two passengers that were traveling in that vehicle were transported to a nearby medical facility for treatment of their injuries. The driver of the truck was charged with two counts of felony DUI. One was for felony driving while intoxicated involving death and the other for felony DUI causing great bodily harm.

DUI convictions, whether for a misdemeanor or a felony, come with some potentially serious penalties. However, hiring an experienced attorney that will put up a rigorous fight on behalf of the defendant may mean a reduction in charges and therefore less serious penalties.

Some of the ways that a defense attorney may be able to successfully defend an alleged drunk driver include a case dismissal, getting a felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor, obtaining an acquittal at trial or achieving victory upon appeal.

Nobody condones impaired driving and the harm that it can cause. However, people who are accused of felony DUI or other charges are entitled to their constitutional rights.

Source: The Times and Democrat, "Man charged with DUI in fatal crash," Martha Rose Brown, Nov. 2, 2013

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