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January 2014 Archives

Columbia Police Department analyst refuses to take a breath test


There are serious consequences for South Carolina drivers who operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. If a driver is suspected of driving while intoxicated, the authorities may employ a breath test to determine the blood alcohol level of the accused. Consenting to these tests is not mandatory -- as one such instance shows -- but those who refuse to take a breath test can face another set of legal issues.

MADD gives South Carolina 3 stars for DUI prevention


Every year, the nonprofit organization known as Mothers Against Drunk Driving releases a report known as the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. This report rates states on their efforts to effectively address and prevent drunk driving based upon five different criteria. However well-intentioned these efforts may be, the report does have its critics who raise concerns about ever-increasing penalties in drunk driving cases.

Man facing felony DUI charge after mother of two dies in accident


As readers of this blog are aware, when an individual is pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving the consequences can have a lifelong negative impact if charges result in conviction. Readers are also likely aware that accidents can occur as a result of drunk driving and the resulting injuries, if any, can vary quite drastically in severity. When an involved party suffers severe or fatal injuries, there may then be felony DUI charges issued against another involved party.

How do South Carolina officers fin drunk drivers?


Drivers in South Carolina, whether they have been charged with a DUI or not, may at times wonder how state officials determine whether to pull an individual over for drunk driving. However, even if they are unaware of how these traffic stops are initiated, many drivers have seen others on the side of the road in flashing lights taking part in field sobriety tests. There are specific signs that officers look for and, once they see those signs, specific procedures they must follow.

South Carolina man flees sobriety checkpoint; charged with DUI


When a resident of South Carolina is suspected of drunk driving, there are many circumstances that can play a part in the severity of the potential consequences that could accompany a conviction. One of those circumstances is the accused individual's history of DUI charges or drunk driving, if any.

Clerk charged with selling minor alcohol before car accident


A previous posting in this blog discussed an accident in which a 20-year-old boy was driving and got into a car accident leaving his 19-year-old female passenger with serious injuries. The boy was charged with felony DUI. However, what South Carolina residents may not know is that this boy is not the only individual involved in this situation that may be facing charges for contributing to this tragic outcome.

South Carolina mother facing charges for two counts of felony DUI


A tragic accident that recently occurred in South Carolina left two young children dead and their mother facing criminal charges. The mother was allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol and has now been charged with two separate occurrences of felony DUI resulting in fatal injuries.

South Carolina DUI arrests increased in 2013


The number of DUI arrests in Horry County, South Carolina increased in 2013 as compared to 2012, and this is concerning to state authorities. Toward the end of 2012, in Horry County there were approximately 1,100 arrests, and that number had already been exceeded before 2013 officially came to a close. In other areas of the state, officials believe the occurrence of drunk driving has become such a serious and ongoing issue that they plan to take significant steps to eradicate it.

Authorities press felony DUI charges against 19-year-old


As numerous postings in this blog have discussed, there are potentially severe consequences involved when a resident of South Carolina drives while under the influence of alcohol. There are also serious consequences involved when authorities discover a minor consuming alcohol.

Fatal DUI accident occurrences declining in South Carolina


As previous postings in this blog have discussed, South Carolina authorities are constantly on the lookout for those that are traveling the roadways of the state while under the influence of alcohol. Numerous people are injured or die each year due to drunk driving accidents and authorities are trying to decrease the occurrence of these accidents, injuries and deaths. It appears that in many parts of the state these efforts have been successful.

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