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South Carolina man charged in fatal felony DUI


Many South Carolina residents try to drive their best when they encounter police vehicles out on the roads. They reduce their speeds, make sure to use their traffic signals and put their cell phones down and out of view. Many undertake these practices in the hope that they will avoid catching the attention of officers and possibly getting traffic citations.

One South Carolina man allegedly failed to notice a police officer's vehicle when he apparently crashed into it, killing the officer inside as well as the officer's police dog. As a result of his alleged actions, the man has been charged with two felony DUI charges -- reckless homicide and aggravated drunk driving. He also faces a misdemeanor DUI charge.

The man has entered a not guilty plea to the charges though his legal struggles are far from over. He will now prepare for a pretrial hearing and a jury trial in which his legal fate will be determined.

Individuals charged with felony DUI crimes can face significant prison sentences as well as hefty monetary fines. Aside from the obvious losses of freedom and time that people experience when they are incarcerated, individuals who have gone to jail often face harsh returns to normalcy when they get out of prison and struggle to find employment.

People who are charged with felony DUI face an uphill battle as they defend against the charges. However, with the right help, people can prepare a criminal defense strategy that can possibly reduce the penalties and charges people face.

Source: Pantagraph, "S.C. man pleads not guilty in crash that killed police officer, dog," Nov. 27, 2013

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