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Breath test results or not, drunk driving charges can be pursued

When police officers initiate a traffic stop for suspicion of drunk driving, they will likely do two things: conduct a field sobriety test and ask the driver to submit to a breath test. These two pieces of evidence typically serve as the backbone for a prosecutor's case when pursuing charges for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Measuring the costs of a felony DUI conviction in South Carolina

In a previous blog post, we discussed the way that South Carolina statutes define felony charges for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. On a basic level, law enforcement officials can move forward with felony charges if an intoxicated driver causes bodily harm another person.

Can drunk driving convictions be expunged in South Carolina?

From time to time, everyone makes a mistake. Even a responsible person can have a momentary slip in judgment. Unfortunately, this human trait can result in criminal charges. In the wake of this type of legal trouble, it may be worth wondering what steps can be taken after conviction to clear an individual's record.

South Carolina officials tighten drunk driving laws even further

Anyone who has faced drunk driving charges in the state of South Carolina can attest to the fact that they are quite stringent. Beyond the sentence handed down by the court, being convicted for driving under the influence involves a wide range of financial and personal costs.

Do South Carolina's open container laws apply to boaters?

For many people, there might be nothing more relaxing than going for a boat ride on a hot summer day. At the same time, legal adults may want to enjoy a cold beer or cocktail out on the water. While this may sound like an attractive leisure activity, there may be potential legal questions that arise as a result of consuming alcohol on a boat.

Older drivers may be subject to intoxication after just 1 drink

For many people, it's not uncommon to enjoy a drink with dinner or while gathering with friends. Consuming only one alcoholic beverage might be seen as a way to be responsible. However, a study may prove to be problematic for people who believe they are doing the right thing in this sort of situation.

Public statements can be used against DUI defendants

Getting arrested for drunk driving is an intimidating experience -- no matter the circumstances. After all, a person may feel especially helpless once police believe that they have sufficient evidence to move forward with charges for driving under the influence of alcohol.

What is South Carolina's legal limit for underage drivers?

When a person thinks about legal limits for blood-alcohol content, 0.08 percent is probably what comes to mind immediately. This makes sense, given that every state has established this threshold for driving under the influence charges. However, it's worth noting that different standards might be set for underage drivers, depending on the state.

Effect of high court ruling on DUI laws is up in the air, Part 2

In our blog post published on March 27, we discussed a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that had a significant, immediate impact on defending against drunk driving charges. Although the Missouri v. McNeeley ruling was made several months ago, the full range of impacts is yet to be seen.

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