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Felony DUI charges filed in June fatal accident

South Carolina readers may recall media coverage of a terrible accident that took place this June in Orangeburg. The crash ended the life of a 25-year-old man who was riding in the car of a friend. Now, more than three months later, the driver of that vehicle is facing felony DUI charges. This likely comes as a relief to the family of the young man who was killed in the crash.

Judge rules breath test inadmissible for drunk driving trial

When a person has been pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, it is imperative to that driver's rights that law enforcement ensure all evidence represents a fair and impartial investigation. There are many tools that South Carolina police may use to determine whether a driver may be impaired, including the various types of breath test machines. In a recent case, the results of one of these devices was questionable enough to be ruled inadmissible.

Boating under the influence a serious safety concern

South Carolina has some of the nation's most beautiful waterways, including access to rivers, lakes and the Atlantic ocean. Many residents take advantage of the opportunity to spend time on the water by boating, and invite friends and families along to enjoy the experience. As is often the case, social gatherings can include the use of alcohol, which can pose risks to those on the water. It is important for people to become educated on the dangers of boating under the influence.

Drunk driving charges follow deadly accident

A South Carolina woman is in the beginning stages of grief after a terrible car accident ended the life of a passenger in her vehicle. In addition, she is also confronted with criminal charges related to the fatal accident. Just days after the crash she was charged with felony drunk driving charges, as well as for driving with a suspended driver's license. As she mourns the loss of her friend, she also must address the need to make a legal response to the charges against her.

Fatal crash leads to felony DUI charges

For individuals charged with drunk driving in South Carolina, the repercussions can be severe. Punitive measures for a conviction range from fines and probation to a loss of one's driving privilege. In the most serious of cases, significant jail time is a possibility. Such is the case for a man who recently received felony DUI charges following a fatal crash that took the lives of two people.

Woman charged with boating while impaired after fatal accident

South Carolina readers are likely aware of a recent boating accident that claimed the lives of two children. The story has received widespread media coverage, and has resulted in the arrest of the woman piloting the boat. She has been charged with driving under the influence with a water device causing death. The boating while impaired case has left the community in shock, and will likely raise awareness of the risks of being on the water.

Driver faces DUI after alleged crash with South Carolina deputy

Everybody makes mistakes from time to time. However, sometimes these mistakes can result in serious legal problems. One common mistake by motorists is driving a vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol. For one motorist, this is exactly what happened in a recent accident that resulted in a DUI charge in South Carolina.

What constitutes a felony DUI and what are the consequences?

DUI charges can, without a doubt, be difficult to manage. Impaired driving simply is taken very seriously, whether you live in South Carolina or elsewhere. Of all the DUI related offenses, those that garner felony DUI charges are the most complex to successfully fight in court, but that doesn't mean it is impossible to do.

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